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    Re: Jailed For Years Without Trial, Kills Himself

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Except he wouldn't have had to wait the three years had he known that every attorney filing set him back in the queue.
    It's almost like you don't get the point of my post. I'll simplify it:

    Claiming that he was provided options WHEN HE CLEARLY WASN'T is at best dishonest. The system "offered" him a pay to get out of jail card. He couldn't afford it so he went to jail. That is extortion. Then took it away and told him to plead guilty instead so that he could get things rolling faster. That is entrapment.

    Is this too hard for you? Or are you going to waste a lot of forum bandwidth defending the indefensible?
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    Re: Jailed For Years Without Trial, Kills Himself

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Clearly, you didn't read the OP in this thread and you're more invested in interpreting my post to suit your need to call me a racist than you are in understanding what was posted.

    The OP posted the story with video and claimed that this is a "symbol of America's broken criminal justice system". Got it.

    Now, I reviewed the story and reviewed the video and I saw very little that was truly evident about a broken American justice system but I did see a lot of black youth who spat on, kicked, stomped, and beat upon another black youth in the confines of a jail and even with a couple of jail guards trying to control the situation continued to do so. That is what I commented upon. In the context of what happened in Ferguson, what happened and is happening in Baltimore, what's happening daily in Chicago, and in other cities in America, where black on black crime is rampant, where black youth kill other black youth for sport and pleasure, and where respect for others and the property of others is often non-existent, the video in the OP and the actions of these youth said more about blacks in America than it said about the American justice system.

    That is a fact, it is a difficult fact, but it is the truth - I can see you don't like it and so need to misinterpret what I said in order to counter it and claim I'm a racist. That's fine. But don't expect me to change my views of what I saw in this video and what is happening in America today because you find the truth uncomfortable. That's your problem, not mine.
    It's not at all "fact" that a video of some people in jail tells us a thing about "blacks in America." It tells us the same amount of information that reviewing Stormfront tells us about "whites" in America.

    And you didn't expend much effort reviewing the stories. I spent a few minutes. What I learned was that bail was revoked in month 2 of 36. It made no sense to you that the family didn't bail him out, but they could not bail him out after bail was revoked. I learned his trail was delayed for years because the prosecution wasn't "ready" for trial, prosecutor on vacation, assistant on vacation, etc. years after he was charged, and that each requested "one week" delay ended up being 6 or 8 weeks, but the additional weeks past the "one" week requested didn't count towards the speedy trial limit. That's how 10 or 15 "one week" requests turns into 60 or 80 or 100 weeks, all perfectly legitimate in that system, through no fault of the defendant. I learned that his lawyer was overworked and had almost no direct contact with the defendant, so his right to counsel was pretty hollow. The only thing that could have gotten him out of jail early was pleading guilty to a crime he maintained from minute 1 of the ordeal he did not commit. I learned that there are almost no actual trials:

    In 2011, in the Bronx, only a hundred and sixty-five (165) felony cases went to trial; in three thousand nine hundred and ninety-one (3,991) cases, the defendant pleaded guilty.
    If the alternative is rotting in prison waiting for a trial date that is years away in reality, that might explain it.

    But, sure, maintain that a video of some blacks in prison is a reflection of blacks in America, and that this case illustrates what could be a criminal justice system working as intended and dispensing justice. But if you want to make ridiculous generalizations like that, don't be surprised when you're called out on it.

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    Re: Jailed For Years Without Trial, Kills Himself

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    It's almost like you don't get the point of my post. I'll simplify it:

    Claiming that he was provided options WHEN HE CLEARLY WASN'T is at best dishonest. The system "offered" him a pay to get out of jail card that he couldn't afford or go to jail. That is extortion. Then took it away and told him to plead guilty instead so that he could get things rolling faster. That is entrapment.

    Is this too hard for you? Or are you going to waste a lot of forum bandwidth defending the indefensible?
    The system offered him a bail even the poorest in NY could afford. It would have been the princely sum of $300. But he wasn't entitled to bail after all. That happens when you commit a felony while on probation/parole. What part of that is unjust in your made up manual? He was offered a plea bargain and time served, that's NOT extortion, at least by any legal definition of the word.

    And no, it's not entrapment either. Again by any legal definition of the word.

    As to that very last, I've been wondering how long you were going to waste a lot of forum bandwidth making up your own definitions and language just so you can support a busted argument.

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    Re: Jailed For Years Without Trial, Kills Himself

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Except he wouldn't have had to wait the three years had he known that every attorney filing set him back in the queue.
    The "attorney filings" were by the prosecutor, approved by the judge, and every "one week" delay request turned into 6 or 8 weeks. What could the defendant do about it? Besides plead guilty, have a criminal record, lose his right to vote in many states, right to various aid programs, right to own a firearm. Sure, why not plead guilty?

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    Re: Jailed For Years Without Trial, Kills Himself

    Quote Originally Posted by JasperL View Post
    The "attorney filings" were by the prosecutor, approved by the judge, and every "one week" delay request turned into 6 or 8 weeks. What could the defendant do about it? Besides plead guilty, have a criminal record, lose his right to vote in many states, right to various aid programs, right to own a firearm. Sure, why not plead guilty?
    Nope, it's not the prosecutor's filings that reset the speedy trial clock. He already had a felony criminal record.

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    Re: Jailed For Years Without Trial, Kills Himself

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    The system offered him a bail even the poorest in NY could afford. It would have been the princely sum of $300. But he wasn't entitled to bail after all. That happens when you commit a felony while on probation/parole. What part of that is unjust in your made up manual? He was offered a plea bargain and time served, that's NOT extortion, at least by any legal definition of the word.
    When was it demonstrated he committed any felony while on probation? He maintained his innocence from minute 1 of the ordeal till he was released without trial.

    And it's mind boggling you conclude that it's "just" that a person never even TRIED for a crime spent his 17th, 18th, and 19th years of life in prison for a crime he was never even allowed to contest in court. Or that the offer to plead guilty to a crime is a mitigating fact when discussing the fairness or justness of the criminal justice system. Only in up is down world is rejecting an "offer" to plead guilty a way to shift blame to the defendant for waiting over 3 years for a trial.

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    Re: Jailed For Years Without Trial, Kills Himself

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    The system offered him a bail even the poorest in NY could afford. It would have been the princely sum of $300.
    First, you don't know his family's living standards, their economic resources or for that matter their income. So claiming that the "poorest" in New York could afford it is absolutely absurd and devoid of any facts to back it up.

    Secondly, bail bondsmen require that additional people guarantee reimbursement. So it's not as easy as simply paying $300. It's finding people willing to put up the additional $3K if things were to go wrong. This is specially true in NYC where even the average law firm worth its salt has a page dedicated to the actual dynamics of bail.

    Finally, the fact that his family claimed they didn't have the money is enough for your claim to be nothing but hogwash. They simply didn't have it. It doesn't matter what you think they should have. They didn't.

    But he wasn't entitled to bail after all. That happens when you commit a felony while on probation/parole. What part of that is unjust in your made up manual? He was offered a plea bargain and time served, that's NOT extortion, at least by any legal definition of the word.
    Lmao, it's almost like you don't know what extortion means. He was offered two options, pay and leave, or go to jail. He didn't have the money in time so he went to jail. That is extortion. Would you like a dictionary definition of it or what? Here is the definition:

    Extortion | Define Extortion at Dictionary.com

    Law. the crime of obtaining money or some other thing of value by the abuse of one's office or authority.
    If you want to claim that making somebody wait 3 year for a trial and give them the option of pleading guilty is not an abuse of authority, you're more of a lackey than I thought.

    And no, it's not entrapment either. Again by any legal definition of the word.

    As to that very last, I've been wondering how long you were going to waste a lot of forum bandwidth making up your own definitions and language just so you can support a busted argument.
    You mean like this made up definition?

    Entrap | Definition of entrap by Merriam-Webster

    Full Definition of ENTRAP

    transitive verb
    1
    : to catch in or as if in a trap
    2
    : to lure into a compromising statement or act
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    Re: Jailed For Years Without Trial, Kills Himself

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Nope, it's not the prosecutor's filings that reset the speedy trial clock. He already had a felony criminal record.
    What does a felony criminal record have to do with anything?

    You don't get to make up facts. This is from the story. If you have other evidence, please present it: (the People is the prosecutor)

    This time, the prosecutor said, “The People are not ready. We are requesting one week.” The next court date set by the judge—March 9th—was not one week away but six. As it happened, Browder didn’t go to trial anytime that year. An index card in the court file explains:

    June 23, 2011: People not ready, request 1 week.

    August 24, 2011: People not ready, request 1 day.

    November 4, 2011: People not ready, prosecutor on trial, request 2 weeks.

    December 2, 2011: Prosecutor on trial, request January 3rd.
    ....
    June 29, 2012: People not ready, request one week.

    September 28, 2012: People not ready, request two weeks.

    November 2, 2012: People not ready, request one week.

    December 14, 2012: People not ready, request one week.

    By the end of 2012, Browder had been in jail for nine hundred and sixty-one days and had stood before eight different judges.

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    Re: Jailed For Years Without Trial, Kills Himself

    Quote Originally Posted by JasperL View Post
    When was it demonstrated he committed any felony while on probation? He maintained his innocence from minute 1 of the ordeal till he was released without trial.

    And it's mind boggling you conclude that it's "just" that a person never even TRIED for a crime spent his 17th, 18th, and 19th years of life in prison for a crime he was never even allowed to contest in court. Or that the offer to plead guilty to a crime is a mitigating fact when discussing the fairness or justness of the criminal justice system. Only in up is down world is rejecting an "offer" to plead guilty a way to shift blame to the defendant for waiting over 3 years for a trial.
    Was he on probation? And for a felony? If the answer is yes to both those then you need to understand what it is to be on felony probation. Why there is even such a thing as probation. One of the conditions is that you are not even to be charged with another crime, that you stay far away from situations where you might be.

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    Re: Jailed For Years Without Trial, Kills Himself

    Quote Originally Posted by JasperL View Post
    What does a felony criminal record have to do with anything?

    You don't get to make up facts. This is from the story. If you have other evidence, please present it: (the People is the prosecutor)
    The thing is that the clock wasn't set back. By New York's own laws his trial should have happened within 6 months. What he seems to want to do is blame the damn kid for city's backlog. That's even sillier than claiming with such pompous authority that the poorest in NYC can afford $300 for bail.
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