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    Natalie, The Strategist

    It's easy to figure out, once you've been charged and figure out what could happen. Yes, good lawyers can help, but prosecutors have effectively unlimited resources, and they will do everything in their power to see the maximum sentence handed down, because that's their job and they like to do their job well.

    Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it.

    by justinb on Sun Jan 14, 2007 at 01:51:30 PM PST

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    •  While that is very true, money (3+ / 0-)
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      vcmvo2, jmonch, Picot verde

      and hiring the right attorney does make a difference in the outcome of prosecutions.

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Sun Jan 14, 2007 at 01:54:53 PM PST

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    •  prosecutors have unlimited resources? (1+ / 0-)
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      from the prosecutors i know, i was always under the impression that the prosecutor's goal was to clear the docket as quickly as the law and reason allowed, due to limited time and budgets.

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        jxg, Swordsmith, Natalie

        This isn't true. The resources (financial and otherwise) can very quickly bury all but the very richest or poorest of defendants.

        Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it.

        by justinb on Sun Jan 14, 2007 at 01:56:33 PM PST

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      •  Prosecutors have the police force (1+ / 0-)
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        and the whole weight of the government to help them.

        The defense lawyer has a couple of gumshoes on retainer.

        I'd ask Americans to serve. I'd ask them to make other sacrifices, but I wouldn't want to raise their taxes just because we're in a war. --John McCain

        by AdmiralNaismith on Sun Jan 14, 2007 at 02:18:49 PM PST

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        •  and prosecutors also have the politics (1+ / 0-)
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          since in most jurisdictions, D.A.'s are elected.  while i'm not suggesting this scenario DID happen, if the powers that be at Harvard really wanted to have the DA make this case go away, the case would go away.

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