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View Diary: How Can You Defend Those People? How Can You Defend Someone You Know Is Guilty? (142 comments)

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  •  the axiom in law is "you get what you pay for" (4+ / 0-)

    or as it was expressed to me by a local attorney " you get the best justice you can afford"  Pro Bono and Public Defenders are usually overwhelmed simply by the caseload while the public is persuaded that plea bargaining allows criminals to escape punishment.

    In actuality the Innocence Project estimates as many as 10% of inmates are incarcerated for crimes they did not commit, while I note some DAs have a plea bargaining rate of 90-100% of all cases.  The cops simply cannot have that great a batting average when it comes to arresting the right person for a crime

    •  Actually, they could (2+ / 0-)
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      jfromga, misslegalbeagle

      If the prosecutor is selective in the cases s/he pursues, it is quite possible to have a high plea bargaining rate.  This approach could reflect a fair and reasoned approach to criminal prosecution.  In my experience, this is not the case, but it could be a very effective approach.

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