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In the episode Craig talks about the people sell there rights out Well if your tired of being on the back of the bus Ohio Valley Law School is For you. January 16, 2011 12:03 AM Bob Blake wrote time LIMA — Two weeks into the new year and already there’s been one jury trial in Allen County Common Pleas Court. A glance at the court docket reveals the prospect that several high-profile cases may come before juries before the year is finished. Those realities and Hollywood’s portrayal of crime and punishment seem to make criminal trials by jury the rule in the criminal justice system. Those in the legal profession, however, say trials are the exception. One way courts, prosecutors and public defenders attempt to manage their cumbersome dockets is through negotiations, better known as plea deals. “Let me tell you up front that I absolutely despise negotiating pleas. Philosophically, I don’t like it at all,” said Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick. “However, given 400 and some cases a year, it is just fiscally and logistically impossible not to resolve cases. I consider it to be just an unavoidable, necessary evil.” Statistics compiled by the Ohio Supreme Court on an annual basis demonstrate just how many felony cases make their way to the state’s common pleas courts every year. In 2009, the courts handled more than 112,000 cases. There was some sort of resolution to more than 88,000 of those. How many cases go to trial?In a purely statistical sense, very few of the felony-level cases that enter Ohio’s judicial system end in any sort of trial. The Ohio Supreme Court’s annual Ohio Courts Statistical Report shows that, of the 88,570 cases that came to a resolution in 2009, only 2,606 were by way of a trial.

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