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Offline dpareja

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Re: Best Political Cartoons
« Reply #5985 on: February 20, 2019, 04:28:52 am »
Your honor, it is my opinion that my client Patrick Bateman has indeed killed many, many, MANY people, but we'd be better off not prosecuting him because would you just imagine how long it'd take?

This is of course why prosecutors will choose sometimes to carve off a few crimes where they're pretty sure they can get a conviction and will be enough to put the accused away for the rest of their life.

For instance, Robert Pickton, who was accused of murdering a few dozen prostitutes, was ultimately only found guilty of six counts of second-degree murder. (The Crown wanted first-degree but the jury only gave second-degree... but recommended the maximum penalty anyway, life without parole for 25 years, consecutively for all charges, which would have been mandatory for first-degree.) That got him in jail until he's dead, and the Crown stayed the other charges to save court time. (Over howls of protest from the families of the other women with whose murders he was charged.)

There's also at least rumours that Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, former President of Brazil and, at one point, leading contender for the Presidential election last year, was nailed on a relatively minor corruption charge (as opposed to more serious ones he was facing) shortly before the election because his political opponents could get a conviction on that one much more easily, and all they needed was a conviction on basically anything to stop him from running.
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« Reply #5986 on: February 20, 2019, 06:31:12 am »
There's also at least rumours that Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, former President of Brazil and, at one point, leading contender for the Presidential election last year, was nailed on a relatively minor corruption charge (as opposed to more serious ones he was facing) shortly before the election because his political opponents could get a conviction on that one much more easily, and all they needed was a conviction on basically anything to stop him from running.

Relatively minor = completely fabricated.

The prosecutor in his trial also acted as a judge and the final sentence was nine years of prison for undefined acts of corruption. The initial charge was for accepting renovations to a luxury apartment from a businessman. The only evidence was a statement from the said businessman (in exchange for a lighter sentence for his own crimes) and there was no evidence of Lula ever even setting a foot in the said apartment. To top it off Lula was sent to isolation for no reason other than fear of his political influence. UN Human Rights Committee demanded that Lula was allowed to participate in the election but that demand was ignored.

Whatever systematic corruption Lula may have actually participated in he has yet to stand trial for that and it's very clear that the justice system is rotten to the core. Sergio Moro, the corruption-fighting judge and prosecutor in Lula's case, later accepted a position in Bolsenaro's government and seems to be comfortable with Bolsenaro's family members' apparent connections to organized crime and money laundering.

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