I will say, where I work, hands down, the women of the PD's office are prettier. Sure, I'm biased, but so what?
The men? Heh, that's a tough one. I'd say if you like clean-cut guys, the men of the prosecutor's office are probably better looking. If you like someone a little more rough around the edges, you'd have to give the prize to the public defender's office. I generally prefer clean cut guys, but personality counts for a lot with me, and like I said earlier, I have a hard enough time just mingling with prosecutors, nevermind getting over their personality to actually find one of them attractive.
But when I quoted the paragraphs below and said that it's true, I was thinking of something a little different than straight look-at-these-two-groups-of-people-and-tell-me-who-is-prettier. Let's review the quote:
From the defense side, it's easy to despise what seems an air of privilege and hauteur around the opposing table. The young prosecutors believe God is on their side. They relish their power over delinquent kids only slightly their juniors. They possess the sheen of the effortlessly charmed, of straight-A students and future politicians. They aren't driving to work in ratty cars.Alright, I thought no one would dispute the first line, that the prosecution has "an air of privilege and hauteur," but maybe that is called into dispute with the car debate. (I love Saabs, by the way.)
Or at least that's how it feels from across the room. It doesn't help that whereas PDs look like ordinary people, by and large, their state attorney counterparts are uncommonly good-looking, the kind that used to make classmates feel weird or fat or gangly. Beating the state becomes sweet on so many levels.
But I think that privilege has a lot to do with it. Many of the prosecutors went to ivy league schools. Don't get me wrong, many public defenders did too, but we also have a good public-interest-school contingency.
I think that if we took each prosecutor and each public defender here and put them in the same white t-shirt against the same background and took a Polaroid, and then put those pictures in a amihotornot.com style poll, I think the PDs would win.
But what I thought was true about the assessment is that in the courtroom, the prosecution has a confidence that comes from knowing the judge will never rule against you (and if they do, they won't be a judge much longer), and that you're doing "God's work." (The latter is what I believe their opinion to be, not what my opinion is, obviously.)
Here, they do make more money. And they're much more likely to come from money. So, they have the things that come with money - more expensive haircuts, obviously whitened and orthodontically perfect teeth, nicer suits, and they wear their clothes wrinkle-less, as if they've, as an office, discovered a magical place where you can drop off your clothes (other than their floor), and they'll come back to you not only cleaned but also free of wrinkles. Likewise, their clothes are somehow mysteriously free of stains.
Ok, I'm kidding, but only about that last part. But they do, as a group, dress a bit nicer than the PD's office.
And, let's face it, Tom McKenna can post photos of whoever he wants, but it looks like he left out one very important one - wasn't John F. Kennedy Jr., one of the hottest men in modern history, a prosecutor? After he, like Charley Demosthenous, failed the bar a few times?
I rest my case.