Of course, prevailing at trial, while very nice, is not the end of the story for those accused of a crime. At the least, because officers will be following Rosenthal's advice, innocent people will be arrested; taken to jail with all the inconvenience, indignity, and discomfort that provides; have to post a bond; have to hire an attorney; have to miss work or school to attend court hearings and possible a trial; and have to have a pending criminal offense hanging over their head until a trial. And that is for someone who is not indigent! For people like my clients, they will be arrested and unable to post bond. They will ultimately be forced to choose between remaining in jail so they can go to trial and be vindicated or pleading guilty to an offense they are demonstrably not guilty of just so they can get out of jail. And the desire to get out of jail is not motivated solely by the discomfort of being in jail. For many poor people, a couple weeks in jail can mean losing their job, their housing, and (at least temporarily) their children. If they are on disability, that will be discontinued, and they will have to go through the process of getting their benefits again which can mean going weeks without them, even after being released from jail. I am guessing that when these people are finally released from jail after being found not guilty or having their cases dismissed, Chuck Rosenthal won't be standing outside the door with a new apartment and job lined up for them. For a prosecutor to thumb his nose at the law and put people in jail that he knows he will never be able to convict is an outrageous abuse of power. And, like many issues in our society, this abuse of power imposes the harshest burdens on the most vulnerable and powerless among us--the poor. Not that I expect Chuck Rosenthal to give a damn.