Mark Pryor, a felony prosecutor and former newspaper reporter in Austin, Tx., has started a blog called D.A. Confidential, which he hopes will give readers insight into the local criminal justice system and will be a fun place to read his take on stupid criminals, novel crimes, crime novels, and related things, reports the Austin American-Statesman. There are few blogs run by prosecutors and no prominent ones locally focusing primarily on criminal justice.
In little more than a month, Pryor has shared a prosecutor’s view on such things as reaching plea bargains, going to trial, and being a good prosecutor. On selecting jurors, he wrote, “I look for someone who might be obviously biased against me – the girl whose email address started with ‘420friendly’ indicated a chance of bias, for example.” (The number 420 is often associated with marijuana smoking.) Pryor hopes to develop an audience that will help promote his novel, “The Bookseller,” which a literary agent is now presenting to publishers. The book is about a former FBI profiler who investigates the case of a Paris bookseller who disappeared.