I still don't have time for a full lengthy explanation but I do have a very good short answer this time. MONEY. Call a criminal defense attorney and ask how much it would be to represent you in a case like this. The answer will more than likely be $15000.00 up front please. This figure will not include anything to do with trial. Trial will be an additional $10,000.00 and will not include any experts to testify on your behalf or investigators to scrutinize every facet of the actual investigation. Experts will cost thousands more each and a defendant should have at least 2, one linguistics expert and a computer forensics expert. Investigation costs will run into several thousand dollars as well.<quoted text>
The jury is an independant entity. That is the beauty of our judicial system-with all it's flaws. If a law is unjust or if the jury feels that the state has overstepped it's bounds-in addition to the letter of the law, there is jury nullification. This is the last line of defense for the PEOPLE to stop injustice. You still did not explain why these men are not taking this to trial. No one can MAKE them plea out. No one can force them to make a deal. They and they alone, have the final decision on their course of action. Most of them chose to plea out-WHY? Because they are guilty-period. I would not EVER plea to something that I did not do. With the stakes so high and the spectre of being labeled a sex criminal for the rest of their life-it makes absolutely NO sense to plea out.Our justice system is far from perfect-but I would trust a jury over a plea bargain any time.
What does a person do when he doesn't have $50,000.00 in cash on hand? He takes a plea bargain. Even if he does have $50,000.00 lying around there's a good chance he'll take a plea bargain when he considers being tried by a jury of his peers that will include persons such as yourself that do nothing but proclaim guilty guilty guilty without hearing one iota of evidence.