"Think of it; a prosecutor who is not only a refreshingly intelligent lawyer, but also a well trained physician who can understand first hand the nature and extent of physical harm done to victims of violent crime."I suppose if he was running for county coroner I could see the importance of having a well-trained physician who can examine a dead person and describe to us "the extent of physical harm done" to the person. Jacobs' reason for backing Orentlicher is almost as bad as the one proffered in Jon Murray's story in the Star today discussing Democratic candidates for the office. "He teaches at Indiana University's law and medical schools in Indianapolis and says criminal law has been an academic and legislative interest," Murray writes.
The Democrats' 2006 candidate, Melina Kennedy, took all kinds of knocks during her campaign against Carl Brizzi for lacking any prosecutorial experience. Her legal experience, however, far exceeded that of Orentlicher's experience. Studying criminal law in an academic setting is hardly relevant experience for this important job, particularly when your academic specialty is health care law, not criminal law. Academic types make for bad prosecutors. Think of Ken Starr and his first bout as a prosecutor during the Clinton impeachment.