The same cannot be said for less popular cases. As a result, we are moving toward a system where Constitutional rights of the accused are guaranteed only to those deemed by television editors to be ready for prime-time. In cases where the public interest is of lower intensity, prosecutors seem to have almost free reign. One need only go to the home district of the new Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Charles Schumer, to demonstrate the problem.
In USA v. Stein, Assistant United States Attorney Stanley Okula of the Southern District of New York (SDNY) was one of the lead prosecutors in a case against executives from accounting giant KPMG. At about the same time, he also prosecuted three cases against members of the Tollman family, a wealthy family based in Britain and Canada. Rather than a made-for-Hollywood plot line, these cases lacked the sympathetic defendants or partisan interests it seems are now needed to have ones Constitutional rights guaranteed. Predictably, there was little noise from the media and public about these cases, despite Okula being criticized by the judges of three nations.