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Lese majesty and whether offending the President is a crime of treason

By Tor Ekeland President Trump brandishes the word treason like hush money to porn stars. Liberally and carelessly. Treason is one of his favorite words. Whomever he views as a threat he labels as treasonous:  the Ukrainian extortion phone call whistleblower; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; Rep. Adam Schiff;…

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The demise of the jury trial

By Tor Ekeland Ninety-eight percent of federal criminal indictments end as plea deals.  This means the defendant pleads guilty to a negotiated offer from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), usually in exchange for the promise of a lighter sentence. Only 2% of federal indictments go to trial. Of that…

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