Plea Bargains and Star Wars  

lawyerdude2000 55M
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5/19/2005 7:21 am

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Plea Bargains and Star Wars

First off, Plea Bargains... I totally understand those who do not like plea bargains. It makes it seem like the criminal is being rewarded somehow for his actions. Politicians tap into that resentment, and demand a stop to plea bargaining.

But, you should know that a good 85-95% of all cases end in a plea bargain. I think the word "bargain" is somewhat misleading... perhaps plea agreement is the proper terminology. The scope of a plea agreement can be everything from dismissal of a case, all the way to pleading straight up as charged, but with sentencing recommendations.

Why do it? Well, the courts here in the US are overcrowded, understaffed, and unable to handle the huge influx of cases if plea agreements were to be discouraged or not allowed. Why? Well, as a defense attorney, i can tell you that if there is no chance at all for a plea agreement, I will take the matter to a jury trial. There is nothing to persuade me otherwise, than to take a chance with the jury.

So, all those 85-95% of all cases currently settled with plea agreements (or a good portion of them) going to trial, you can count on needing more judges, more prosecutors, more public defenders, more courthouses, etc. This is TAXES people... it don't come cheap.

Hence, plea agreements are a successful tool to aid in the economic administration of justice. However, if you do not mind paying 50% more in taxes, let your local politicians know. They will be thrilled to hear it.

As to Star Wars, I went to go see Episode III last night at midnight MST (I got all of 3 hours of sleep last night). Review: a great flick! Incredible special effects, a better story than Episode I and II, and only one scene with Jar Jar (at the very end, and he does not say a thing!). Go see it... you will not be disappointed!

kissablemeinmn 48F

5/19/2005 8:40 am

It's too bad that more of the plea bargains aren't with the right criminals Too many that shouldn't get them are. Oh well. Not a lot I can do about it and bitching doesn't help.

I really need to watch 2 now so I can see 3 LOL Yeah can you believe I haven't seen 2 yet??

Have a good day!

Random1962 55F

5/19/2005 11:40 am

As comedic relief, Jar Jar was great! (Put down those tomatoes!!) And for the first movie was needed badly. I, too will have to watch 2 before going to see 3. And a warning, before you go see Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy, DON'T. Hollywood completely ruined this one. Get hold of the eighties British version. Much, much better.

lawyerdude2000 55M

5/19/2005 12:39 pm

I have loved the book of HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY since the 70's, and I have hesitated in seeing it. Thanks for the heads up!

wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
5/19/2005 3:47 pm

I agree Entirely Lawyerdude, cop out doesn't so much apply as financial management, and timely processing....if the results weren't appropriate to the crime then there wouldn't be an arrangement made.....
Often the arrangement is limited by evidence the prosecution has, or how damaging it could be in court....


lawyerdude2000 55M

5/19/2005 4:02 pm

Very good point, wyvenrose! There have been a lot of deals made because the prosecutor recognizes that there are evidence issues with the case, or because he/she has lost a motion to suppress, or because the prosecution's lead witness is a meth head, or because the investigating officer has since been fired for misconduct (ALL of which have happened at one time or another to me)! It does not, however, mean that the defendant gets off scott free... perhaps the punishment is lessened, or the charge is dropped to a lesser included offense, or there is a stipulation as to sentencing...

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