IMHO one of the biggest problems with the entire criminal justice system is it is so lopsided and only one side has "skin in the game". The state (and all it people prosecuting) have unlimited funds to prosecute someone, have every reason politically to prosecute, and if they get it wrong have no skin in the game. In fact, as you can see from above posts it is nothing more than game to those involved. Essentially as long as the odds are low and it shows govts power to be able kill, its worth it to the prosecution side. What prosecution doesnt understand is that they arent playing a game. They ruin defendants lives when they get it wrong. Even when a defendant is acquitted, many time the defendant has been financially ruined and spent time in jail for being innocent. If the prosecuting side were held PERSONALLY criminally and civilly responsible where a false prosecution or an acquittal occurred, they would be much more careful with prosecutions. But in general, I think that qualified immunity is one of the reason we have a run-away government.