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Will Ray Nagin continue to
resist the lure of a plea?

Time-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], by James Gill

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/22/2013 8:22:42 PM

If more people charged with crimes in this country were like former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, chaos would overtake the justice system. Nagin may yet fall in line, but, so far, he seems inclined to plead not guilty. If even 50 percent of defendants refused to roll over, the courts would be swamped. They could never handle that many trials. It is such a rare case, state or federal, that does not end with a plea bargain that we must conclude either that prosecutors hardly ever file erroneous charges or possess great coercive powers. In 2011, according to

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It´s a pleasure to see James Gill´s byline again. He´s a transplanted Briton who arrived in the late 70s and quickly became a superb Louisiana political commentator with biting wit. New Orleans fits James like a glove.

      


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