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Why Trials Are Disappearing

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It has often and correctly been noted that trials have all but disappeared from American criminal law.  The reason for this fact is, however, much disputed.

My friends on the pro-defense side say it's because of prosecutorial extortion: Legions of defendants, some innocent and many others with at least arguable defenses, are in effect forced to plead guilty by the threat of "draconian" sentences if they don't take the offered deal and instead insist upon their constitutional right to take their case to a jury.

I think otherwise.  My years as an AUSA tell me that the reason defendants take the deal is that they are ice cold on the evidence and understandably prefer that their behavior not get the full airing a trial would bring.

Often, the best evidence is the surveillance tape.  For example, this one

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I am pretty sure this kind of kitty porn brings a 5 year mandatory minimum in the federal system!

In all seriousness, though, I believe the offending ornament said Happy Holidays and the cat has the right to claim he merely was making a lawful preemptive strike in the was on Christmas.

Okay, be sure to tip the staff on the way out and drive home safely.... ;-)

"I am pretty sure this kind of kitty porn brings a 5 year mandatory minimum in the federal system!"

OUCH OUCH OUCH

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