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PLEA BARGAINING AND THE MYTH OF THE TRIAL TAX

IS THERE A TRIAL TAX AND WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT PLEA BARGAINING There has been an increase lately in media attention regarding plea bargaining.  Well-meaning but often naive journalists and politicians, who lack a real understanding of how plea bargaining works or its benefits to all parties involved, have begun a crusade on behalf...

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DIRECT V. CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE

WHAT’S THE BEST KIND OF EVIDENCE. In the episode discussing the California murder trial of Scott Peterson, we took some time to note the difference between direct and circumstantial evidence.  If you are not a practicing lawyer, the distinction between the two, and the implications that each have on the truth of a given situation,...

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CIVIL LIBERTIES AND NATIONAL SECURITY

CIVIL RIGHTS AND SAFETY – FROM KOREMATSU TO COVID-19. Understanding the intricacies of the Korematsu Decision is as crucial now as it was in the 1940’s when the Supreme Court heard the arguments presented.  In a society as diverse as the United States, people will naturally approach their legal and political philosophies with different lenses...

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