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.)