" In the latest issue of Georgetown Law Journal, Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turns a critical gaze toward America's criminal justice system ... one of the major themes is prosecutorial advantage, both in federal and state courtrooms." - Jacob Gershman, "Judge Kozinski: Time to Rein in Prosecutors," in The Wall Street Journal, June 30, 2015. Here is the WSJ article. There is a link to the Judge's article provided by WSJ.
In pop culture, thanks to television programming such as "Law and Order" and "Criminal Minds," the good guys are the law enforcers. That has been reinforced by the real-life manhunt for lowlife cons the late Richard Matt and David Sweat.
So, it's no surprise prosecutors seem to have the upper hand in criminal matters. It's human that they might take advantage of that in presenting their cases in court and negotiating plea bargains. Perhaps Judge Kozinski's article can make everyone in the loop, ranging from prosecutors themselves to juries to defendants, more aware of this tendency.
What we do know is that his polemic will be widely read. One reason is his prestige. Another is his colorful style. For example, he observes that any skilled prosecutor can lead a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. That opining could enter the slang in the legal sector, as in "That indictment was nothing but a ham sandwich."
Time will tell how much reform gets under way in what has been labeled "prosecutorial abuse." Eventually, more ham sandwiches might experience real justice.