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Plea Bargain

5 Tips Every Federal Criminal Defendant Should Know

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 08.25.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Being someone who has gone through the process -- and tried to help others avoid or make up for mistakes -- we present the following five tips for every federal criminal defendant. By adhering to these tips, an individual may be able to knock time off their sentence, be housed at an easier prison, or overturn their conviction.

Prosecutors and the 'Blanket' Policy

Joel Cohen | Posted 05.26.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

Now that the dust has settled and Ms. Kennedy is able to return to her privileged life (no negative intended) and humanitarian works, maybe the postmortem should focus its analytical energies at the vice of blanket policies, if that indeed is what was at stake after all.

Guiltless Guilty Pleas

Joel Cohen | Posted 04.02.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

The dirty little secret in the administration of criminal justice is that sometimes -- indeed, way too often -- innocent people plead guilty.

Mike Sacks

Absurdly Bad Plea Bargain Advice Violates Constitution, Supreme Court Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defendants who receive deficient or absurdly bad plea bargaining advice from their lawyers have had their constitutional rights violated...

Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

Ruth Grant | Posted 02.21.2012 | Crime
Ruth Grant

The justice system is meant to ascertain the facts according to the evidence and to assign punishment proportionate to the crime. These purposes -- truth and justice -- cannot be served by bargaining.

American Violet: A Powerful Movie about Race and the Drug War

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Without spoiling the ending, American Violet is an excellent movie, and tells the story in a moving and heart-wrenching fashion.

Chris Brown: Fans Speak the Truth

Deborah King | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Deborah King

Brown pleaded not guilty to two felony charges. Well, anyone with two eyes who saw the leaked photo of Rihanna after the "alleged incident" knows better.