They are the ones with the final say so and hold the crystal ball. This happens all to regularly. Just go and sit in court and watch the antics between the defense attorneys and the District attorneys. Plea deal after plea deal. 75% of the cases are pled down amd cleared before court even comes into session. This happens EVERY DAY in EVERY COUNTY courthouse. Then, check out the state and federal courtrooms. It's what movies are made of.
There is no other need to ask why people like this are back on the street, he's only one of the very few, and in comparison his convictions are relativly minor.
If I had know it was so easy and profitable to be a criminal, I maybe would have changed my ways a few years back. Nahhh, I've enjoyed my sleep too much.
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