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Old June 11, 2009, 02:25 PM   #46
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I think it's almost certain this case will never see a jury, unless external forces (ie community pressure on the prosecutor) come into play. The defense would be criminally stupid for not accepting a reasonable plea deal (say, manslaughter for 2-5 year minimum sentence), because the alternative is to go to a jury trial and look at a minimum of 25 years or more should the jury use their eyes and ears and not their emotions in reaching a verdict.

The prosecution has to also weigh the very real possibility of running into a jury that might side with the pharmacist and acquit him. This is a defendant who many may find sympathetic and want to side with.
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