Plea deal

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Plea deals are imports elements of statecraft. They offer a lot of freedom to keep people out of jail or to prevent exposure of deep events or deep state operatives.

A plea deal (or plea bargain) is a legal agreement in which defendants admit guilt to one or more of the charges, in return for a dropping of the remainder and/or a lighter sentence than they might have otherwise received.

Selective prosecution

Plea deals provide a degree of judicial discretion which is helpful to the deep state. Deep state operatives can be given deliberately light sentences, or given blanket immunity from prosecution (both of which happened in the Epstein Affair).

Avoiding a trial

In some countries, particularly the US, the majority of defendants reach a plea deal. This encouraging the prosecution to press a lot of charges, which can then be used as bargaining chips, relatively confident that they will never need to be proved in court.

Historical examples

Orlando Letelier/Assassination

Full article: Orlando Letelier/Assassination

CIA assassin Michael Townley was given 62 months in prison and immunity from future prosecution for other activities.

MLK Assassination

Full article: MLK/Assassination

James Earl Ray was the patsy for the MLK assassination. He initially planned to contest the charges, but after his lawyer warned him that ill health meant that he couldn't give him as good a defense as he wanted to, he was persuaded to plead guilty as a tactic of avoid the death penalty. James Earl Ray later called this decision the biggest mistake of his life.[citation needed]

Spiro Agnew

Spiro Agnew was fined $10,000 and put on three years' probation after a deal in which he pleaded no contest to criminal charges of tax evasion,[1] part of a negotiated resolution to a scheme wherein he was accused of accepting more than $100,000 in bribes[2] Ex- Maryland attorney general Stephen H. Sachs termed this "the greatest deal since the Lord spared Isaac on the mountaintop."[3]

Kyle Foggo

In September 2007 Kyle Foggo, CIA Executive Director, plead guilty to one count of wire fraud for "depriving the United States and its citizens of their right to his honest services." In exchange, prosecutors dropped the 27 other charges against him, including money laundering and conspiracy.

Jeffrey Epstein

Full article: Stub class article Jeffrey Epstein Affair

Jeffrey Epstein, who faced charges of sexual abuse of over 100 minors, was cut the "deal of a lifetime" to plea guilty to one charge. Epstein served 13 months in a low security prison with special privileges.[citation needed]

Immunity from prosecution

Epstein's plea deal granted a blanket immunity to all co-conspirators, named an unnamed. The prosecutor who cut the deal, Alfreda Acosta, faced criticism after it was ruled illegal[4] in February 2019 and resigned as US Labor secretary.


References

  1. Agnew, Spiro T., Go Quietly....or else, p. 15.
  2. Agnew, Spiro T.,Go Quietly...or else, pp. 16–17.
  3. Patrick Mondout Veep Spiro Agnew Resigns Super70s.com
  4. Not because of leniency, but because Epstein's victims were not informed of it