The Search for Truth

All too often criminal investigators, and prosecutors, only search for guilt.  I was reading a British crime novel last night, and the protagonist, a 1920’s Scotland Yard detective, reminisced about what an old sergeant had taught him at the beginning of the detective’s career (and I’m paraphrasing): A police officer’s [or prosecutor’s] job should be to search for the truth.  If he just searches for guilt, he’s always going to find it, because everyone’s got some guilt, but if he searches for the truth, then he’s a true man of justice.

When I was a young prosecutor, this was what we were taught by Bill Cahalan, the long-time elected Wayne County Prosecutor, and a truly wonder Man of Justice and Truth, not just “guilt.”