Most people enjoy a good magic trick, but these sleights of hand may prove to be more than just entertainment. Consider the results of a recent study.
Many people who have never been involved to any material degree with the criminal justice system routinely posit confidence in the utterances of criminal authorities citing certain alleged truths and absolutes.
In our last post, we began a discussion about plea deals, which are how the vast majority of criminal charges are resolved. Although plea bargains have a legitimate purpose and can sometimes be beneficial for defendants, many individuals are forced into a plea deal by the "trial penalty." Essentially, the prosecutor threatens harsher charges and longer sentences if the defendant chooses to go to trial rather than accepting a deal.
Under the Sixth Amendment, anyone facing criminal charges is guaranteed the right to a public trial by a jury of their peers. And if you were to believe the crime dramas you see on TV, trials are the most common way to resolve criminal charges.