By: Jacob Longman
Most countries do not elect their prosecutors. The United States, in fact, is the only country in the world that does. This brings a uniquely political tint to what, in other countries, is a purely administrative criminal justice system.
Originally, the United States was no different. Immediately following the Revolutionary War, governors and legislatures appointed district attorneys and prosecutors. Without getting into too much history, this began to change around the 1830’s and by the start of the Civil War, this was the case in about 75% of states. Today, only three states do not elect their district attorneys and Louisiana is not one of these.