It’s a Little Late for Plea Bargains

by Brian A. Wilkins

This is a tie-in to the “55 Days in Maricopa County Jail” blogs.

Here is a progression of how the Tempe Police, State of Arizona and Maricopa County have played this game they so much enjoy.

7/22/08: Tempe Police according to that public defender on the corresponding court date, of 4 months in prison if I plead guilty to everything as charged by cops. Remember, I would have walked free if I had signed this because of T.R. (temporary release; all prison sentences get three months instantly knocked off), time-served, and the 85 percent rule (where you only serve 85 percent of your total sentence).

7/31/08: State of Arizona issues a /files/111943-104535/plea1.pdf”>plea deal: they drop the