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Forum Post: Not guilty

Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 5, 2011, 5:11 p.m. EST by Xxskillzz (18)
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Just let the police continue issuing citations and make sure as many people as humanly possible receive them. Have everyone plead "not guilty." Next, spend the few dollars it costs for each subpoena and send one to every officer present on the scene, as well as a great many other witnesses. Then, proceed to represent yourself and question each officer and every witness, cross examine, recross, etc. In essence, by removing the officers from patrol you hinder their ability to continue fighting the movement. Also, you backlog the court and speedy trial issues could become problematic. After a likely conviction at the magisterial level, exercise your right to trial de novo and flood the county court with mass cases following the same procedure (and be sure to file endless and premade motions for all similar charges in a "how to" kit). In addition, file misconduct reports and citizen criminal complaints, file civil suit against the individual officers and the department and much more. It all comes down to a numbers game on multiple levels. Absent the use of plea bargains of a large scale, the courts and justice systems itself would begin to fold under the pressure of its own rules.

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[-] 1 points by MachineShopHippie (216) from Louisville, KY 2 years ago

Brilliant idea and a way to heavily tax the system when it tries to use these thuggish tactics on peaceful protesters.

[-] 1 points by Xxskillzz (18) 2 years ago

The system is based on the majority failing to exercise their constitutional rights. Currently, about 95% of convictions are secured through a guilty plea (see: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Compendium of Federal Justice Statistics,2001, 2 (2003) ("the proportion of convicted defendants who plead guilty increased from 87% during 1990 to 95% during 2001"); U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, State Court Sentencing of Convicted Felons, 2000, 43 (2003) (95% of felony convictions in State courts were achieved through guilty plea).

[-] 1 points by Xxskillzz (18) 2 years ago

This was all premised upon the notion that the citations were at the summary level; however, the same process could be used in all cases (some legal rights and standards would be enhanced by more severe charges).

[-] 1 points by Bystander (41) from Sissonville, WV 2 years ago

Hmm...

[-] 1 points by Xxskillzz (18) 2 years ago

The guilty plea is the foundation of assembly line justice