Street crime, white collar crime, presidential crime … whatever the crime, prosecutors must direct investigations and build cases, then present them to judges and juries. How do they do it? Does the Constitution restrain them? Do their own constitutions guide them? Do corruption and politics influence them? And what about the special challenges for Robert Mueller and any others who might dare to prosecute a president? From behind the scenes to open court, armed with law, literature, and cinema, two former state and federal prosecutors will lead our investigation.
Steve Licata is a graduate of Lawrence University (’75) and the University of Wisconsin Law School. He served three years as a State Public Defender and thirty-one years as an Assistant District Attorney, three of which were as the Legal Director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Unit. Steve also served two years as the Executive Director of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation in Providence, Rhode Island, where he administered the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program.
Charlie Schudson is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Wisconsin Law School. For many years, he was a state and federal prosecutor, and a trial and appellate judge. Charlie also served as the “Law and Literature Scholar in Residence” at Lawrence, as an adjunct professor of law at Marquette and Wisconsin, and as a Fulbright Scholar at law schools abroad. He is the author of many published works including Independence Corrupted / How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018).