Inspired by a Law & Order episode, but I’ve seen this recurring theme in other works as well
A suspect has committed a serious crime (let’s say murder) in District A, but he’s also being physically kept in District B for a less severe but still serious crime (let’s say kidnapping). The DA of District A usually frames it like “How would you answer to the people in District A where a murderer is being kept from justice?” and District B usually responds with “He committed a serious crime here too, we want to bring him to justice in District B”
In real life, I would imagine there are procedures to settle this, especially if one is a federal crime and one is a state crime. But on TV, the implication often is that if a guy gets a lesser charge in District B, that somehow absolves him from facing a court in District A. How accurate is TV in this premise? Would real life DA’s really worry about their districts only to the detriment of another, even if the suspect can get a harsher sentence if District B gives him up to District A? And why wouldn’t they simply try him at both locations one after the other?
Let’s throw some extra drama into this by injecting the fact that District B has proof of the suspect’s guilt of murder in District A, but that proof somehow makes the suspect less likely to get convicted in District B. Would the DA in District B really withhold that evidence in real life? Where does it matter where the guy is jailed as long as he’s jailed?