How do you keep from socking DAs in the face on a daily basis?
Oooh, that's a tough question.
I guess it depends on the day, and the particular DA.
Some days I'm able to tell myself, "Hey, he's a lawyer, I'm a lawyer, it's nothing personal."
Some days I fantasize about doing mean things, but ultimately restrain myself.
In the past month or two, there's been a new crop of know-it-all snot nose little DAs.
Another PD in my office had a brilliant idea, which I've been utilizing now and then. Basically, the goal is to make them feel dumb, and it involves citing imaginary law.
The prosecutor says something crazy like, "For this serious crime, we recommend the maximum term of imprisonment."
Then I say something like, "What?! Judge! Imprisonment? That doesn't even comply with Title 17 of the Sentencing Regulations..." (You may have to change this slightly to fit your jurisdiction - what is important, though, is that there be no such thing.)
The Prosecutor starts furiously flipping through the criminal code (there isn't a book called "the sentencing regulations.")
"Judge! Now the prosecutor is going to try to respond by citing the criminal code?!? Your honor knows that this is not in Title 17 of the Sentencing Regulations."
And, without a doubt, the right judge will say, "Miss Justice, you're correct that this is not in 'Title 17' of the 'Sentencing Regulations.'" (Because even the judges don't like the little know-it-all new prosecutors.)
All the while, that little know-it-all new prosecutor is helplessly flipping through any available book and looking around, scared, a deer caught in the headlights.
"Well, judge, I guess if the prosecutor wants to wrap this up today, we'd accept community service. Otherwise we'll have to ask for the remedies spelled out by the legislature..."
Believe me, it's fun. If you have a judge you can play this with, you should definitely give it a try.
And, perhaps most impressively, that prosecutor will continue to defer to you for a long time to come. Or, at least a few weeks.