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Old June 11, 2009, 06:11 PM   #48
Evan Thomas
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Can't really vote on this one, given the choices, but...

Should Mr. Ersland's lawyer be trying to get a deal for him? Yes, of course -- given what the evidence against him seems to be, if this goes to a jury, unless he's very lucky with jury selection, he's toast.

Should the DA offer a deal? My personal opinion is that he shouldn't. Again, based on the evidence there's a good chance the man committed murder and he ought to go down for it... but given that the DA doesn't seem to be all that keen on prosecuting, I'd be surprised if a deal were not made. I'd hope it would be for not less than second degree murder, and substantial jail time, assuming the medical examiner is correct that Mr. Ersland shot an unconscious man.
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