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  •  2007 stats for my County (0+ / 0-)

    showed only 1% of misdemeanor cases going to trial. Used to be higher, but now the DA's office moves to dismiss all of mine at the initial appearance. (Actually they dismiss most of the weak ones, since they're getting more felonies with the same number of Assistant DAs)

    The War on Drugs is $40 billion a year of Government waste.

    by ben masel on Tue Nov 25, 2008 at 10:03:40 AM PST

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    •  From where I sit, if the prosecutors are (0+ / 0-)

      dismissing almost all charges, then the police aren't doing a good job. Arrests and charges that can't be validated are merely inflating police time sheets and pretending to be accomplishing something that they're not.
      Respect for law and order is not enhanced when people are falsely charged.

      Of course, New Hampshire has a really weird system where arresting officers get to prosecute their own misdemeanor arrests.

      How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

      by hannah on Tue Nov 25, 2008 at 12:25:47 PM PST

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      •  They're dismissing the weak ones. (0+ / 0-)

        Plenty more getting guilty pleas.

        I'll admit that SOMETIMES it makes sense to make the arrest to unwind a situation that seems to be, in the view of the officer on the spot, to be about to spiral into something worse, with a quick release after emotional temperastures cool, and it's then a waste of everyone's time to prosecute the borderline disorderly. More often, these plea down to non-criminal County Ordinance disorderly.

        The War on Drugs is $40 billion a year of Government waste.

        by ben masel on Tue Nov 25, 2008 at 12:55:34 PM PST

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