FWIW… Mark Kleiman, pot’s go-to guy – In the Los Angeles Times
This is one of those really scary parts about the loss of justice due to the drug war that we’ve been talking about for some time.
Only 3 percent of U.S. drug defendants in federal cases chose to go to trial instead of pleading guilty in 2012, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. [...]
The effect, she argues, is that prosecutors essentially “force” defendants to plead guilty. [...]
And the majority of those who did go to trial — 89 percent of them — lost. [...]
“Justice would almost stand still if we took the majority of our cases to trial,” he said.
Make no mistake about it. The innocent get swept up with the ‘guilty.’ This is not a ‘justice’ system.
. Happy repeal day! 80 years ago today, the 21st Amendment was ratified.
Arrested, handcuffed and held for 30 hours.