Boston girds for prisoners freed in drug lab scandal

This is something that happened for one and only one reason. Law enforcement got sloppy. The best national statistics that I have seen on the subject of plea bargains is that over 90 percent of state and federal inmates are in prisons because they plea bargained their rights away.
In a sense it is hard not to agree to a plea bargain because the legislature in concert with law enforcement has created an over the top sentencing schema that is intimidating. So the DA or States Attorney only has to charge high and plea bargain down. With such statistics, the back-up systems of evidence storage, testing and etc tend to get very sloppy because their is not an active adversarial role between prosecutor and defense. Instead of trial by jury it becomes an agreement reached between two lawyers over a phone call.
Once an agreement is reached and the bargain struck then there is no avenue of appeals should a major discrepancy be found in the arrest, handling of evidence or testing. In this case in Boston, one lawyer challenged the testing and found sloppy handling and testing.
The outcome is a nightmare as “The drug lab scandal has thrown the state’s criminal justice system into turmoil, poten­tially affecting 34,000 cases.” This is not counting a couple of hundred federal cases.
Boston girds for prisoners freed in drug lab scandal
Have seen articles written by both ACLU lawyers and Judges saying the system of plea bargaining promotes sloppy justice by eliminating the dynamic tension between defense and prosecutors that keeps everyone honest instead of the collegiate atmosphere of deal making.

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