My wife, a sociologist, has told me that I have no sociological or psychological insight. Nevertheless, the introduction to a quote of mine (attributed to an otherwise unidentified “ACLU lawyer,” but it was me) in a book on the death penalty says that the statement was made “with telling psychological insight.” Having clarified that much, I wade into the murk without portfolio. But first a (another?) caveat. Having the job and being the thing are different. Lots of lawyers do criminal defense, some do little or nothing else. They are lawyers defending those accused of crimes; they aren’t criminal defense lawyers. Same for prosecutors, many of whom are just employees. What makes the person the thing (a near-reification I’m not particularly happy with, but them’s the breaks) is a point of view, an approach to the world, an attitude. Prosecutors see the world in absolutes. We see the world as nuanced. They value certainty. We value doubt. They revel in the concrete, in facts, and avoid the muck. We are agnostics and wade in. They believe in some abstract “justice” and see injustice only when the abstraction is thwarted. We see injustice and if we pretend to understand “justice” at all, find it only when fairness prevails. They honor obedience and authority. We respect challenge and dissent and disagreement. We worry about people being crushed by the system. They are the system. We root for the underdog. They support winners. (Back in the day, we wore Dodger blue and they Yankee pinstripes, though when the Dodgers abandoned us for La La Land . . . . Sorry, I’m digressing.) We’re nicer than they are.