November 14, 2006

Not Guilty. Go Directly to Jail.

"Most people are still under the quaint assumption that you can't be punished for a crime for which you've been acquitted.

Not true. In cases where a defendant is convicted of some of the charges against him but acquitted of others, the state can pursue a sentence that includes punishment for the acquitted charges.

Yes. You read that correctly. A recent decision from a U.S. district court in Virginia is unusually candid in pointing out the absurdity of the practice, which is apparently pretty common:"

Not Guilty. Go Directly to Jail.

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