Parlatore, the lawyer who resigned from Trump’s team because, as he explained, Boris Epshteyn, the Russian-born factotum who’s been at Trump’s side since 2016, interfered with the team’s effort to “educate” AG Garland about how the document case should be handled.
This provides us with a glimpse into how the separation of powers (in this case between the executive and judicial branch) has been compromised by letting prosecutors perform functions (investigation and data collection, charging decisions and negotiating pleas) that they were not originally assigned. I would argue that in arrogating these functions, prosecutors have promoted not just the corruption of the justice system, but the integrity of lawyers for the defense.
Lawyers negotiating with prosecutors are not “protecting the best interests of clients;” they are more likely securing their position in the legal fraternity. That Donald Trump has not been well served by lawyers is obvious from the number of cases they have brought and lost. And it is this experience which many of his hapless followers share and appreciate.
Judges are prohibited from having ex parte communications lest their objectivity be compromised. So, the prosecutors do it on a hypothetical basis behind the excuse that they are entirely motivated by the prospect of success. Going for a sure win is not a prescription for social justice.
For some reason, many of the people attracted to the law as a profession have a very poor sense of time.