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Our Potemkin Village

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Repairing the System

The Devil is always in the details.  In an earlier post  I  commented on Judge Jed Rakoff’s  statement that our celebrated  jury trial  accounts for less than  3 percent  of convictions in federal court; the rest are the consequence of plea bargains in which the prosecution usually has the upper hand. Now Adam Liptak of the NYT reports that 88 percent of appellate opinions in the federal system have no precedential  value in the […]