Good for the Utah county prosecutors' office. So often we are told to look at a
criminal defendant as an individual. Well, that is exactly what they are doing
here: looking at those individuals with a long criminal history and then
properly exercising prosecutorial discretion not to plea deal such defendants
the next time they show up.I see two simple solutions for the
habitually criminal: 1-Stop breaking the law; or, 2-Move out of Utah county to
someplace where your crimes are more tolerated.Presumably, those not
on the PNG list remain eligible for plea deals, considerations for first
offenders, and other such arrangements.This sounds like a much
better approach than a "one-size-fits-all" of either draconian punishments for
every crime, or going soft on every criminal.I only wish we could
convince prosecutors in a few other jurisdictions to do likewise.
I wish there was not a wall of shame, but that would mean that there no drug
violations and that would be good. Too many young and adults have the drug
habit. This sets the wrong example and wrong actions for our youth to get into.
I also wished that judges would take the hint from this wall. We need a lot
more disciplned people around that would help the US be better people.
It is true that no Defendant is entitled to a plea bargain. If defense counsel
feels his client is being mistreated, his remedy is to win at trial. A
prosecutor who overcharges out of animus will lose the case.Nevertheless, the "wall of shame" is juvenile and unprofessional. It should
be taken down; and the prosecutors should keep their personal thoughts personal
I'd think that drug offenders with a previous record would be more careful about
illegal drugs. I like prosecutors who take a firm stand regarding repeat
offenders.And no, there is nothing unprofessional about a "wall of
shame". It helps prosecutors remember who doesn't deserve a plea deal.
The wall of shame implies that the prosecutors don't read the files on the
peoples they are prosecuting or they would know who has had previous breaks and
doesn't deserve a 3rd. 4th or 5th chance.
The wall of shame keeps the faces of repeat offenders front and center where
they belong. The prosecutors are intimately familiar with the files of these
criminals and that is what is so frustrating to defense attornies. They don't deserve plea bargains and apparently they aren't getting them.