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An Open Conversation about Plea Deals

Interviews with Ademo Freeman & Pete Eyre of Cop Block

along with Free Talk Live’s Ian Freeman at Cheshire County House of Corrections

The purpose of nevertakeaplea.org is to encourage defendants in victimless crime cases to consider exercising their constitutional right to a trial. If more victimless crime defendants took this approach, the system would overload which, hopefully, would cause prosecutors to focus on crimes with victims.

With this mission statement, nevertakeaplea has drawn criticism even within the liberty community. Recently, an activist posted on Facebook: “I’m going to be blunt. Never take a plea is bad advice. Trying to exhaust the court is a high risk, low reward strategy. It’s like throwing people into a wood chipper.”

When it comes to plea deals, our stance at nevertakeaplea is that it’s a deeply personal decision and each person should decide voluntarily what is best for his/her unique situation. There should be no pressure from activists to reject a plea deal nor coercion from the state to accept one.

Recently, on a visit to The Shire, I sat down with Ademo Freeman and Pete Eyre of Cop Block (www.copblock.org), to discuss their views on plea deals.

While in The Shire attending National Chalk the Police Day in Manchester (www.copblock.org/chalk), I drove over to Keene to visit with Free Talk Live’s Ian Freeman, nearing the end of a sentence at the Cheshire County House of Corrections for an act of civil disobedience (http://freekeene.com/2010/07/19/raw-video-of-mass-arrests/). Ian explained his position on never take a plea. (Apologies in advance for the audio. There are some freeze frames as well where the jail video phone froze.)

Clyde Voluntaryist

3 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. Jaime says:

    What matters a lot is whether you can afford bail. If you can post bail, then having to wait 6 months for trial is not a big deal. Otherwise, you will be stuck in jail until the last moment of speedy trial. Other than that, yeah, the prosecution can try re-looking over the case and adding in more charges…whether or not they stick is another issue.

    I honestly think you will get more grace from prosecutors who are afraid to lose than from overloading the system. Prosecutor offices are into numbers and if they are overloaded, they may be afraid that they don’t have enough time to investigate to win.

    One may be able to get a better plea by holding out…a lot of prosecutors sweeten the plea offer if you appear to be going to trial and hold out.

  2. Dix Mcbridge says:

    What matters a lot is whether you can afford bail. If you can post bail, then having to wait 6 months for trial is not a big deal. Otherwise, you will be stuck in jail until the last moment of speedy trial. Other than that, yeah, the prosecution can try re-looking over the case and adding in more charges…whether or not they stick is another issue.
    +1

  3. Jessiecat says:

    ohh man, In the case of Tx , you know U R screwed on any kind of plea or probation, what a joke…. hell do the time or as in my case, 1st offense, messed up my ,take the label but hell of alot better then being on probatipon here,be your just going to go to jail because they will find something u did wronge even for minor offenses a felony is more applealing, (my charge my crime in life, hold your hat…………. paraphnalia) gosh don’t even know how to spell jessiecat unfortunate Tx res

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