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Prosecutors Abuse Our Rights

Written By: George Leaf  |  Posted: Monday, March 12th, 2018

The Sixth Amendment states, "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed…." Those words stand as clearly as they did when the Bill of Rights was adopted, but these days, Americans who insist on a jury trial may find themselves punished for doing so.

Here's the problem. The American judicial system is so overwhelmed with cases that prosecutors don't want to bother with trials. They would much rather strong-arm the defendant into a plea bargain, thus avoiding the cost and risk of a trial.

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