Tuesday, November 18, 2014

On plea deals...

A Plea against Pleading - Conrad Black/NRO

...The percentage of federal prosecutions tried by juries declined from 19 percent in 1980 to 3 percent today, as prosecutors have huge advantages over defense counsel and throw a great raft of counts against a defendant who declines to roll over.

...In actuality, our criminal-justice system is almost exclusively a system of plea bargaining, negotiated behind closed doors and with no judicial oversight. The outcome is very largely determined by the prosecutor alone....

His premise is 'Prosecutors abuse the system to win unjust convictions.' - but we've seen the opposite here.

Knowing how it's played out here - whaddya think? Good? Bad? Indifferent?


  1. Well if murder defendants can get their cases thrown out by Judges because of incredibly incompetent prosecutors, then it stands to reason that Defendants would be in the driver's seat asking for very favorable plea bargains. You are right. It is truly the opposite here.

  2. Conrad Black is a shitbag convicted felon who won't stop whining about the fact that he got caught.


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