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December 10, 2004

Lots of friday afternoon news

Heading into the weekend, there are lots of sentencing stories to note and track that have nothing to do with Blakely.  Here is a quick round-up:

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Here's a sentencing question.

How does one weigh the advantages and disadvantages of accepting a plea bargain if indeed one is innocent? Unfortunately, the truth isn't guaranteed to set one free. Any thoughts?

Posted by: Jeannie | Dec 10, 2004 10:56:02 PM

To me, the issue of protecting an innocent citizen charged with a crime is the very basis upon which our system was designed. This is a sentencing law and policy site, so I assume most readers here are interested in this matter. The system has corrupted itself over time to where an innocent person doesn't stand much of a chance to get justice, because the real assumption is guilt. The system has been turned on its head, and we are playing at the fringes with Apprendi Blakely etc. Not that just sentencing for the guilty is not important, but what of the original and most basic tenets of our American system of jurisprudence. The silence on this is truly deafening.

Posted by: Jeannie | Dec 13, 2004 7:13:51 AM

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