- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - More than one-third of the new prosecutors hired by Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk served most recently as defense attorneys.

Eight of Funk’s 23 new assistant district attorneys came from a public defender’s office or a private criminal defense practice, according to a recent analysis of human resources records and resumes conducted by The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/1HaRu7Z).

Funk has faced continuing turnover since taking office in September. A least 19 assistant district attorneys have left since then with about 220 years of experience as prosecutors.

The new hires have more than 300 years of experience among them. Half of those years were defending the accused, according to the analysis.

Funk spent more than 25 years practicing criminal defense and before that worked briefly as a prosecutor. He said each of his hires was made to increase perspectives in his office.

“I want a mix in this office of people who have been career prosecutors and people who have done defense work,” Funk said. “As a prosecutor, it helps to know and anticipate what a defense attorney might try and use as a strategy in trial.”

Funk’s office spokeswoman Dorinda Carter says the hires make the current office the most diverse in its history with 10 minority attorneys.

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Information from: The Tennessean, https://www.tennessean.com

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