Culture of conviction + political show-/gamesmanship + dirty cops + judges engaged in the first two items + lying witnesses + sham "evidence" + due process violations swept under rugs + spineless accomplice public defenders + _____________ ....
Where judges are elected the judicial role obviously is politicized, but don't fool yourself into thinking appointed judges are not politicized people. Same influences pushing.
Don't know why it would bother anyone. On TV and in movies they're always such diligent, noble people. And besides, as the linked story says:
"[Leeper] was universally thought of as a model prosecutor," said Dan Saunders, now a Queens Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney, who once worked with Leeper in the Brooklyn District Attorney's office. "You'll hear that from everybody. He was a trustworthy and reliable guy. The kind of guy you want to entrust with the difficult work of being a government prosecutor. I hope people say something like that about me one day."Sounds like the best man for the job, doesn't he? Prosecutors don't have some kind of "secret brotherhood" where they cover each other's asses like cops and soldiers do -- do they?
I can't speak to anything but what I mentioned in the first sentence.
Might be time to revisit this one, as long as lawyer ethics are the hot topic.