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  •  Why not? He was facing an effective life sentence (4+ / 0-)
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    as they probably would have sought somewhere around 35-40 years in prison and of course that long of a sentence would require that he be placed in a maximum security prison with all that entails (such as repeated rapes).

    You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

    by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 12:43:32 PM PST

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    •  He was never going to get a life sentence (0+ / 0-)

      The plea bargain they offered was 4-6 months. Even if he was convicted of all counts the MAXIMUM would have been 35-40 years. No way he'd get that much in reality.

      When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

      by PhillyJeff on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:51:11 AM PST

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