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Conservatives Should Take the Lead Against Government Injustice

sam allen Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 8:17 AM
"Worse, prosecutors have nearly unlimited discretion in choosing what charges to file." Yes, we have too many laws on which to act, but this sentence is where I have really seen the damage done. On almost all levels of government the prosecutor has tremendous power that is virtually unregulated by the people. As a pastor, I have been to court with a number of people and seen minor offenses of drug possession get handled as major cases. In another case, I saw what was at most a manslaughter case (where a man was stabbed while choking his girlfriend), and yet she got charged with 2nd degree murder. She took a plea agreement, because the public defenders are a joke.
jimmylynn Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 4:24 PM
I concurr with you sam allen. Justice is a joke in today's judicial system.
sam allen Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 8:22 AM
Unless you have the money to hire your own attorney you may as well not even have an attorney. It costs the DA nothing personally to take a trial to court, but it bankrupts the average family. In the meantime, because of the proliferation of laws and regulations the prosecutor with the full weight of the law can make life miserable by threatening your family or looking for any number of other offenses.

Even though the local judge was pretty fair, they really do not have the power. By the time it gets to the judge it is already plead out most of the time because the DA can threaten such huge fines and jail time, just like this case.

It may be legal, but such unrestricted use of power is often immoral.

If you think a twenty-something ought to be tossed in federal prison for 35 years because he tried to download some musty academic journal articles without permission, you are a lot things, but a conservative is not one of them.

You might be relieved to know that Aaron Swartz, one of the internet geniuses behind RSS and Reddit.com, will not be imprisoned for a third of a century. Unfortunately, that’s because the fragile young man hanged himself after the United States attorney prosecuting the case generously offered him the alternative of pleading guilty to a felony, paying a crippling fine...