Amid Morale Problems, Manhattan District Attorney Gives Staff Raises


In an internal meeting in Manhattan’s District Attorney’s office, prosecutors were upset at how the office's handling of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case was portrayed in the news media, and that office conflicts had found their way into newspaper articles; they said they were micromanaged; they said that people were worried that they had not received raises, says the New York Times. The meeting was the latest attempt by managers to improve morale amid continuing bad news. The trials of two police officers charged with rape and three construction supervisors charged in the deaths of firefighters in a bank fire had ended in acquittals, and prosecutors had raised serious questions about the credibility of the accuser in the sexual assault case against Strauss-Kahn.

On Monday, District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced that prosecutors would be getting raises, after not receiving them last year because of budget constraints. Vance is facing natural growing pains. His predecessor, Robert Morgenthau, held the post for three and a half decades, and many prosecutors have become set in their ways of doing things. That makes change harder to accept, current and former prosecutors said. Vance assured his staff members that they were doing good work and that the office would be judged on whether it did justice, not its number of wins and losses.

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