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Re: Years ago I read that 96% of criminal cases were judged summarily
It's definitely the case in the U.S. Plea bargains (which sounds much nicer than, "Please guilty to save us time and money, even if you didn't do it") are used in around 94-96% of cases and if you opt for trial then there is a massive increase in penalties with rampant overcharging and sentences of geological periods of time and a system then allows police and prosecutors to lie without sanction and judges that are elected (and funded) by how many guilty verdicts they bring in and how much time they give out.
Of course the usual suspects think Jury Trials are "are a costly indulgence" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/22/justice-system-crisis-abolish-jury-trials-covid
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