December 27, 2013

PROSECUTORS, and the use of mandatory minimums as “’sledgehammers’ to extort guilty pleas, effectively vitiating the right to a trial.” Why should the government be entitled to demand years of a man’s life, simply for forcing it to go through the bother of a trial?

As I note in my Ham Sandwich Nation piece, prosecutorial discretion needs to be reined in, and prosecutors need to have some skin in the game, too.