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TheBill of Rights.should apply no more nor more less to an arrested prosecutor than to anyone else. (Image from the public domain.)

Homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto./I am human: nothing human is alien to me – Publius Terence.

So many prosecutors and cops so often sneer when I make arguments to them or to sentencing judges in the above vein. Now, the same argument is being presented by the longtime elected Wicomico County, Maryland, chief prosecutor after his arrest for drunk driving in neighboring Worcester County. Wicomico State’s Attorney Davis Ruark said of his arrest from last Friday, which involved an alleged 015 blood alcohol content reading: “I am human … We are all human and we are subject to make mistakes and when you make a mistake you learn from it and you don’t do it again. And this will never happen again.”

While Mr. Ruark remains in office, I hope he practices as his above quote preaches, and urge all other prosecutors, police, and judges to do the same. Jon Katz

ADDENDUM: Thanks to my law partner Jay Marks for sending me the listserv posting that carries the newslink on this story.