Is the new State's Attorney tough, transparent or neither?
"here's what I found most interesting: that a State's Attorney who campaigned on the promise of transparency and the willingness to take on tough cases has apparently retreated on both fronts.
According to Simon, Bernstein is using his unilateral power to charge cases to cherry pick the best cases, a tactic that should keep his conviction rate high for political purposes. Bernstein directly criticized his predecessor for dropping tough cases, but at least she took the hit in her statistics. She just blamed the police for lousy work. But, says Simon, Bernstein can make his conviction statistics look great by not charging cases to begin with."