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Get Rid of the Death Penalty, Get Rid of Plea Bargains

Texas Chris Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 8:26 AM
I'm on both sides of this argument. On the one side, the death penalty has the very real chance of killing innocent people wrongly convicted. I would rather 100 guilty go free than 1 innocent die. But a person who clearly murdered innocents (Laughner) should ride the lightning. But the plea bargain system is abused by prosecutors looking to pad their conviction stats, and not just with murder charges. Everything from traffic tickets to sexual assault gets a plea deal nowdays, with the prosecutor dangling six-figure legal bills over the accused, often innocent, defendant's head.
Texas Chris Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 8:27 AM
So I say put limits on execution, eliminate plea bargaining and "guilty plea" sentancing, and send to trial all criminal cases. All of them.

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