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Archive for April, 2011

What is an “Alford Plea?”

The Alford Plea seems to be the plea of choice for corrupt government officials. In this form of guilty plea, the defendant pleads guilty while maintaining a claim of innocence. Is this twisted legalese or what? Only the state can come up with this kind of convoluted nonsense. So where did the Alford Plea come…

North Carolina Government Corrupt to the Core: Politicians accept Plea Deals

North Carolina politicians have been jumping on the plea bargain bandwagon. Back in 2006, former N.C. state representative Michael Decker, Sr. of Forsyth County pleaded guilty in federal court to crimes associated with then NC House Speaker Jim Black’s re-election campaign in 2003, according to the Carolina Journal Online. “Court documents tell of a deal…

No Plea Deal for Barry Bonds – waiting for a verdict!

According to ESPN in San Francisco, Barry Bonds’ defense team rested its case Wednesday without calling a single witness and just minutes after a federal judge accepted the government’s request to dismiss one of the five counts (weak evidence). Before the trial, there were rumors the government would be offering Bonds a plea deal. Back…

Corrupt Government Bureaucrats Know NOT to take a Plea!

Six city government officials charged in the Bell, California corruption case have rejected plea deals that would have meant two-year prison sentences and paying restitution. Bell city officials and former officials are accused of paying themselves outrageously high salaries for doing very little work. The estimated total of the misappropriated money is more than $5 million….

Plea Deals – The Easy Way Out?

Jason Beahm recently asks in a blog, “Do Hollywood Stars Get Better Plea Deals Than Regular Folk? (http://blogs.findlaw.com/celebrity_justice/2011/03/do-hollywood-stars-get-better-plea-deals-than-regular-folk-1.html), wondering whether celebrities get better plea deals than the rest of us? He says that the deals Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan have received are all “excellent deals,” explaining that “all have been arrested…