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Should a Guilty Person Go Free?

In this video, we’ll explore the question of whether or not a guilty person should go free in Wyoming.

We’ll look at the pros and cons of both sides of the argument, and decide whether or not you should speak to an attorney if you’re in a similar situation.

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Speaker 1
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Hi, everyone. Should a guilty person go free?
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This is Christina Williams with Just Criminal Law.
Speaker 2
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And this is David Mann, legal storytelling specialist.
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Well, that’s an interesting question. Should a guilty person go free?
Speaker 2
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Well, absolutely. If the law was violated, in order to convict them,
that is, if law enforcement did something they shouldn’t have done and
violated their rights; their, say, their right to privacy, then yes, the outcome.
should be that the case gets dismissed and they go free.
Speaker 2
00:00:35:00 – 00:00:35:15
Okay. That’s really interesting. A lot of people would think, “Hey,
shouldn’t just, you know, whatever it takes to get a convict,
you know, someone who’s convicted of a crime
thrown in jail should be the way it goes.
Like just whatever the the ends justify the means.
00:00:51:05 – 00:00:53:08
That seems to be the conventional wisdom. But you’re saying that it’s actually not that simple?
Speaker 1
00:00:56:19 – 00:00:57:06
No. And you know, kind of what spurred this conversation is I was reading an article
about how the Fourth Amendment has eroded over time. Specifically,
back in the time of Nixon, the war on drugs and, you know, was kind of the trickle down
effect from the top down where, you know,
everyone was kind of looking the other way, as law enforcement went after
people involved. With illegal controlled substances.
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And eventually the case law started to favor, really law enforcement.
As long as. There was this good faith exception,judges were allowing them to
be more and more aggressive in going after people.
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And it was at the cost of the person’s freedoms or protections under the Constitution.
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And now here we are in 2023, where really it’s just always been done that way with,
you know,the current judges on the bench. They were, you know, certainly not there back
when Nixon was president.
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And and so as that policy just trickled down, we’re here today where really,
our Constitution, civil rights are less than what they were in the beginning.
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And that’s really not what our founding fathers wanted.
Speaker 2
00:02:25:14 – 00:02:27:10
No, it sounds like what you’re saying, if I’m hearing you right, is that in these last 40, 50 years,
it’s really evolved into that the judges are just simply favoring
whatever the law enforcement says.
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In other words, let’s just get as many criminals thrown in jail as possible.
And it doesn’t matter all that much what police do and that that is what has eroded
people’s rights.
Speaker 1
00:02:51:27 – 00:02:52:16
Right. And, you know, I think today more than ever, people are really.
becoming aware of, you know, their right to free speech, their right to privacy.
And it’s become a hot topic.
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And it’s really great that it’s back on the, you know,front and center and everybody’s conversation because we really do need to take back
those rights, take back. Those freedoms.
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You know basically our our founding fathers said for good reason that it’s better
for a hundred guilty men to go free than for one innocent man to suffer.
Because they were fighting, you know, the overreaching government and establishing a new nation.
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And and it was very important, you know, it’s what we fought for and it’s just as important today.
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So I really, you know, I’m passionate about this topic and, making sure that justice
is the end result of a prosecution.
Speaker 2
00:03:57:27 – 00:03:58:09
Yeah, it really shows in the way that you advocate for your clients.
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Well, if someone wants to run something by you and ask about their situation, how do they do that?
Speaker 1
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We’ll include a link in the description where they can call or text or chat with a member of my team.
any time, day or night.
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