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  •  Part of the problem (3+ / 0-)
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    scott5js, soros, rlochow

    Prosecutors have unreal powers to force a plea by threatening to charge massive penalties for minor or victimless offenses.

    Juries should routinely nullify such ridiculousness, but they rarely do.

    Ten years in jail for pot distribution? "Not guilty."
    Sex charges for peeing in an alleyway? "Not guilty."

    The verdict should always be "not guilty" for a minor or victimless crime for which the penalty in practical terms is ruination of the defendant's life.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 09:32:45 AM PST

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