Prosecutorial Problems in a Philadelphia Domestic Violence Courtroom: An Ethnographic Analysis of Assistant District Attorneys in Courtroom 906
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The following study focuses on the many problems assistant district attorneys face in a domestic violence courtroom. The courtroom is that of 906, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Day to day, the interviewed and studied prosecutors enter the Criminal Justice Center, barely equipped for the problems, dilemmas, and potential courtroom catastrophes that await them. In the following research data, I have outlined these problems, their effects, and how prosecutors barely manage to cope with them. This research was conducted via the Women Against Abuse Legal Center, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I collected my findings by way of participant observation while working as an advocate in courtroom 906. During my frequent victim and attorney contacts, I maintained this role of a victim and prosecution advocate while collecting information that would designate and portray this room as a tumultuous room for prosecutors. My involvement in the field lasted from September 22, 1997 until December 6, 1997.