December 3, 2006
Protecting the Record
According to an article in the National Examiner a judge in Wise County, Virginia had a defendant who was pleading guilty to 243 felonies, enter a plea individually to each one. The case involved the former mayor of Appalachia, Mayor Ben Cooper, who plead guilty to an array of charges including "stealing election records, forging ballots, hindering the rights of citizens to vote freely, voting more than once in an election and violating absentee voting procedures." Was it really necessary for the state to charge so many felonies? It sure adds time to the court process when the individual wants to plead guilty.
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