prosecutor = law-enforcement officer?

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Stray Lamb

Senior Member
In "Helter Skelter", by Vincent Bugliosi, the author says this:

"My [Bugliosi, the prosecutor in the Tate-LaBianca murder case] interview with Susan Atkins on the Tate-LaBianca murders was the first she had had with any law-enforcement officer. It would also be the last."

In legal terminology, a prosecutor is considered a law-enforcement officer? Be a law-enforcement officer is not just about police or security services?
  • Ponyprof

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    A prosecutor is a lawyer who works for the city, state, or country (depending on the level of court). I tend to think of "law enforcement" as just police officers but if the ABA considers them part of law enforcement then they are.


    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    A lawyer, in general, is not a law enforcement officer. But a (public) prosecutor is a lawyer employed by the State to enforce the law by prosecuting.


    Senior Member
    USA - English
    The term "law enforcement officer" is not understood to include prosecutors. In the United States, the term "law enforcement officer" normally means police officers, sheriff's and sheriff's deputies, and federal agents such as member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A District Attorney's office may have investigators who are classified as law enforcement officers, but District Attorney himself/herself and his or her Assistant District Attorneys (that is, the people who actually prosecute cases in court) are not normally considered to fall under the title of "law enforcement officers."
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