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Can prosecutors add charges to get an individual to plead guilty?

Can a prosecutor add additional charges to pressure a defendant to plead guilty to the original charges?
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Why was the decision to make a non-traditional prosecutorial judgement unclear at the start of the 2017 Special Counsel Investigation?

Background One comment on this question about Robert Mueller's 2017 Special Counsel Investigation inquired about a specific aspect of the investigation. This aspect related to the prosecutorial ...
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Logic or reasons for DA not bringing felony charges after an arrest warrant is issued

What might lead a district attorney to decide not to bring felony charges after an arrest warrant is issued? Are decisions not to press charges influenced by pending, unrelated felony charges in ...
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Why are Florida prosecutors filing for manslaughter rather than murder in the case of Michael Drejka?

Florida prosecutors filed to charge Michael Drejka with manslaughter rather than murder in August 2018. If convicted of manslaughter, Drejka can be sentenced to up to 30 years rather than receive ...
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Virginia prosecutor changed/added charges to original charge that one pled guilty to

I was charged by the police with two charges that were felony 5. I plead guilty. When I went to court the prosecutor added another charge and changed the felony 5 charges to felony 2 charges. The ...
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Why did Jim Garrison investigate the Kennedy assassination?

Mr Garrison was the district attorney (DA) for the state of New Orleans and the assassination of President Kennedy happened in Dallas, Texas. Why would a New Orleans DA be interested in this? Isn't ...
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Does a prosecutor have any legal resource to avoid aplying a law which is unconstitutional?

Recently in Argentina a prosecutor suggested that even if she doesnt like a particular law (which might be unconstitutional) she has no choice because she has to apply it. is this so?
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What is involved (other than financial + evidence aspects) in bringing a private prosecution in the UK?

Suppose a person commits a financial crime in the UK (say theft, insider dealing, false accounting, fraud, or something similar falling squarely within criminal law). For whatever reason there is no ...
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Why would a Canadian Crown Prosecutor continue with a proceeding with no evidence?

If a proceeding has only conflicting witness testimony for the Crown, but forensic evidence that proves the defense s case, why would the Crown proceed?
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admissible or not

The prosecutor has the conversation from an anonymous app, only from the device of the accuser. Has nothing from the accused and the conversation doesn't identify the accused. The only thing ...
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Can federal prosecutors go against the Justice Department's interpretation of the law?

Suppose that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has a belief or opinion about what the proper interpretation of a certain statute or Constitutional provision is, and that they have formalized their ...
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Is it unethical for a prosecutor not to try his hardest to get an indictment?

A Grand Jury failed to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Michael Brown, which led to riots in Ferguson, MO. This my have been due in part to the fact that the prosecutor presented the ...
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Couldn't Comey avoid the whole kerfuffle with a simple question?

Yesterday (6/8/2017) fmr FBI Director Comey testified that President Trump told him during a dinner which the 2 of them had (with no witnesses present) something along the lines of "I hope you can let ...
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Does the President of the USA execute prosecutorial discretion?

Is it legal for the President of the USA to direct an official of the DOJ (say, the Director of the FBI) to drop an investigation, as an exercise of prosecutorial discretion? This is the case being ...
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Are traffic court prosecutors required to watch dashcam videos before presenting officers witness testimony?

Dashcam video can contradict an officer's testimony or police report, so are prosecutors required to watch dashcam video before trial to ensure the officer's testimony is true? When a discovery ...
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Can I email the prosecutor?

I want charges dropped against my spouse who was arrested for domestic assault against me. I called the prosecutor to ask him to drop the charges against my spouse. He said he would call me back with ...
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How can people confess to their drug use in a book without any legal consequences?

Using illegal drugs is illegal. Yet Obama and Steve Jobs confess that freely. Write a book about it. Imagine if they confess to murder instead. That would be problematic. So why?
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Are there legal obstacles to an elected official appointing a special prosecutor to pursue his/her opponent?

The current US Presidential campaign has had a lot of mud-slinging and accusations back and forth about violations of the law by the opposing candidate. One has explicitly stated plans to (if elected)...
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please somebody tell me the origin of the words, prosecutor [closed]

Please somebody tell me the origin of the words, prosecutor, prosecution and other relevant similar words please.
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When does the government charge for fraud

I was just curious, how often does the government actually prosecute cases of fraud in court? Are there parameters that they usually follow when deciding to take a case to court?