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    time a few weeks back interviewed a former county solicitor (prosecutor)who had been convicted of misappropriating clients' funds and converting them to his own use (he evidently also had a private practice) to the tune of some $700,000. I believe his conviction had a term of some 12 years and he had been incarcerated for 3.
    He was talking about how hard it is to do even a single day when you have absolutely no control over your life and are housed with some of the worse people on the planet. He stated that each day was an eternity (I know this is punishment, not a country club)
    What was most striking was his comment that while a prosecutor, he did not hesitate to seek higher terms for the accused or to "pile on" charges, making a single act result in several violations. He said that, on the outside the difference between 3 years and 5 years seems negligible while twenty years did not seem like an excessively long time.
    Not to devalue the damage done to victims, he also mentioned that some of the crimes with the higher levels of sentences were the "victimless" crimes, which shows a justice system that over the years, has slowly gotten out of kilter or,if ever balanced, is now unbalanced by so many external forces trying to exert pressure upon it.
    In his case, he said, since attorneys were so rarely prosecuted (for many different reasons) he felt, on one hand that he had been made an example of but on the other hand, he acknowledged he had ruined several innocent clients' lives and did not know where equity truly lay in seeking justice.      

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