Vote for your lawman – Daily Express

Express, 9.10.08

Scotland’s top prosecutors should be elected in the same way as American district attorneys, according to a radical new think-tank report.

Reform Scotland suggested a Glasgow fiscal could be elected on an anti-drugs crime platform, while in the Highlands and Islands people might prefer to vote someome who will be tough on wildlife crime.

The move would increase transparency and public accountability, says the think-tank. But yesterday the plans met with derision from across the political spectrum.

Tory justice spokesman Bill Aitken said there was a “clear conflict of interest” if prosecutors were focusing on re-election.

Labour’s justice spokesman, Richard Baker, said: “We have a long tradition of having a prosecution system which is independent of government and is focused on prosecuting crime, not getting elected.”