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What if you could pay the cops a bunch of money and have a felony turned into a misdemeanor? Does that sound like a good idea? It does to David Eyster, the district attorney for Mendocino County, California, who, the Los Angeles Times reports, has instituted a system that allows certain marijuana offenders to give the cops some money—$50 per pot plant and $500 per pound of product—in order to avoid prison time and get straight probation. This “restitution” program is great for the rich, but not so great if you care about people being treated equally under the law.
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
Couple of weeks ago my son came to me and asked for $20. I asked him why, and he said, "So i can get an A in History".
The teacher was giving an extra credit A if you bought 2 Mom-o-grams (or whatever name they used for the fund raiser). Essentially, they sent a super swank card on your behalf for $10.
If you can buy A's in school, why can't you buy down your criminal convictions?
On a side note, the real travesty is that there is jail time involved to begin with here. If the local DA had any moral fortitude, he would just not pursue charges to begin with. I guess he is a man to not miss an opportunity to rake in extra cash.
This is completely wrong in my opinion and will only lead us down a road deeper into corruption.
originally posted by: onequestion
Wow. We are truly losing our moral compass in the US. This is completely wrong in my opinion and will only lead us down a road deeper into corruption.
What do you think?