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    Thank you for writing about this.

    Carlos DeLuna paid the price: the judges and prosecutors reap the rewards.

    In most states, judges and prosecutors are elected to their posts.  Getting elected means getting people to vote for you.  And here in America, being "tough on crime" is a favorite slogan for candidates seeking office.  

    Judges and Prosecuting Attorneys are well paid for their work.  And if they want to stay in office as judge or prosecuting attorney and continue to receive the salary that goes with the office, it helps to have a record of many convictions.  Because nothing shows the electorate how "tough on crime" you are like a record of many convictions.

    In a very real way, judges and prosecutors have a financial incentive to convict the people who appear in court.  Every conviction helps when the next election comes around.  

    We never see a judge or prosecuting attorney run a campaign on a slogan of "I make sure that innocent Americans do not get falsely convicted".  

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 08:31:55 AM PDT

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