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  •  That would be my take on it. (11+ / 0-)

    Actually, the defendants should have gone and demanded copies of the charges and reports filed by the cops.  Such records are not automatically available to the press or public, but they have to be provided to the people arrested -- if they ask.  The police are not required to volunteer the information and documents. Some police departments may even try to resist by charging excessive fees (more than the copying cost) for the documents, but the law says they have to hand them over.

    What often happens to indigent defendants who have to rely on public defenders in regular criminal cases is that the public defenders are assigned late, the charging documents aren't handed over to them until just before the matter goes to court and then the prosecutor "offers" to make a deal by taking a plea of guilty to a "lesser" offense (easy to find since the cops have made stuff up) in order to dispose of the matter as "efficiently" as possible.

    OWS is an excellent opportunity to expose a rotten system.  But, it's going to take some people willing to sacrifice their comfort and time.

    Fact is the judicial system is not set up to deal with really innocent people.  That's why there were over thirty people on Illinois' death row who hadn't done the crime they were convicted of.

    I once had a lawyer who'd been in practice for decades tell me he'd never had an innocent client.  That was his way of explaining how come he didn't know how to proceed and kept pushing for a plea.

    Preconceived notions are hard to shake because the human brain does not like being wrong.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 08:01:34 AM PST

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