Today’s podcasts focuses on plea deals and whether a person should take one. The Plea Bargain Task Force studied the plea deal system for several years. It concluded that the plea deal system needs to be more fairer and more transparent. What would that look like?
For one, defendants should be made aware of the rights they are giving up on taking a plea. Secondly, judges should ask defendants taking a plea more probing questions to make sure the defendant knows what he or she is giving up in return for a deal.
For example, defendants give up the right to cross examine law enforcement and witnesses later. In addition, unless there is serious new evidence you can introduce, evidence that was not available to you at the time you took the plea, the courts are not likely to grant you a trial at a later date.
We discussed the conviction of former Sheriff Victor Hill in Clayton county, Georgia, and whether the punishment he received for unnecessarily strapping prisoners in his custody was adequate. He was sentenced to a year and a half, six years of supervised probation, and 100 hours of community service. In addition, he is forbidden from ever working in law enforcement in any capacity.
Was that adequate time? He received less time than some people who commit less serious crimes. However, his career is ended, his reputation is shredded, and his time behind bars will be difficult due to being a former law enforcement officer. We tend to lock people up for a long time in this country. Arguing that long prison sentences are not helpful and then wanting Victor Hill to receive a longer sentence seems contradictory.
Louisiana House Bill 135 wants to ban PFRs from working at polling stations, and we discuss the approach to take when talking to lawmakers about a bill that is a solution in search of a problem.
Kansas’s shortage of public defenders is just the latest example of a problem in the criminal justice system. Sixty years after the Supreme Court decision in Gideon vs. Wainwright that all defendants should have adequate defense, many states across the country are still not providing enough resources so that public defenders can adequately represent defendants who cannot afford attorneys.
[07:05] Discussion of increases in reported sexual assaults at military academies.
[13:24] Louisiana House Bill 135.
[28:40] Plea bargains.
[48:45] Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill.
[57:50] Shortage of Public Defenders in Kansas.
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