A plea bargain is defined simply as a “deal” between a criminal defendant and his/her prosecutor. The accused gets a reduced charge or charges and subsequent sentence in exchange for pleading guilty to a lesser crime. Most qualified information shows that plea bargains take place in 90-plus-percent of all criminal cases filed in the U.S. each year and innocent victims of false prosecution feel the brunt of it.
Usually, an innocent defendant is charged with numerous (stacked) criminal charges and they are informed by their own attorney that they are facing many years in prison. The defendant’s attorney usually explains the downside to not accepting the plea bargain (lesser sentence) in a subtle, yet alarming manner. Faced with a life-ending sentence if convicted on the stacked charges, most defendants break and take the deceptive plea bargain.
Innocent defendants are rarely if ever informed of the future effects of accepting a plea bargain —the stigma, the permanency of now being a criminal and the fact that they will be closely scrutinized when future crimes occur near their location. They have no idea that they will be a criminal for life — especially concerning false sex abuse cases, which are running rampant today. Defendants are uninformed about the fact that they are more likely to be falsely prosecuted a second time, once they have mistakenly accepted an extorted plea bargain.
According to US~Observer statistics, approximately 12 percent (many sources report much higher rates of false convictions through plea bargains) of those who accept plea bargains are completely innocent, but they can’t afford the proper defense or they simply accept the plea bargain out of fear. Between 50 percent and 60 percent of those who enter into plea bargains are actually not guilty of some of the stacked charges leveled at them.
Not all plea bargains are bargains, by any stretch of the imagination. Every plea bargain cheats someone. Either a guilty defendant is given too little punishment or an innocent person pays for a crime they did not commit. Either society or the defendant is cheated.
Many innocent defendants have their lives literally destroyed by law enforcement officers who lie on their reports and/or abusive prosecutors who indict without any investigation or legitimate grounds. I speak with first-hand knowledge, having witnessed more than 4,000 such cases in the past 22 years.
The US~Observer’s scope of work deals strictly with innocent victims of false prosecution/abuse. Much unlike a majority of current day attorneys, we conduct intense investigations. We take legal cases out of corrupt legal systems and we try them publicly. We have learned from experience that the only thing unethical prosecutors, dishonest law enforcement, or biased judges’ fear is exposure. The bad ones are only concerned with their phony reputations and/or political careers.
Innocent people can defeat false prosecutions — it is possible to stop abuse. Personally, if I were on a jury I would find it very hard to convict anyone in court today based on the atrocities I have encountered within the criminal justice system – not to mention the growing number of people who have been released from “death row” or prison after DNA has proven them innocent.
-Edward Snook, publisher