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  •  Great movie, great diary and great work. (5+ / 0-)

    I'd just add something that seems missing in the diary but does come through in the movie. The pressures to take guilty pleas aren't merely on the defense lawyers, and aren't down to just a dearth of resources. The prosecutors, for a host of reasons work to get plea deals, even when (or especially when) the evidence is dicey....but defendants can feel enormous pressure to take the deal rather than risk a much stiffer sentence after trial.

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    by FischFry on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 05:22:40 AM PDT

    •  No doubt about it (4+ / 0-)
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      Patate, Laurel in CA, grover, ybruti

      Especially in Texas, sentencing guidelines are designed to produce plea deals. Set the bar at 25 years and all of a sudden a deal for 12 doesn't sound so bad.

      I have seen people make some crazy decisions. Like the guy who was given a chance at probation, but wanted to take six months because he needed work done on his teeth. You want a wakeup call on poverty? See a guy CHOOSE jail because he has an abscessed tooth.

      "We forward in this generation, triumphantly."

      by Grizzard on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 06:51:29 AM PDT

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