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June 2016 Archives

Alternate ways to resolve criminal cases

Plea bargains are an essential part of the Kentucky criminal justice system. They save time, keep the courts from being bogged down and can help alleviate crowding in jails and prisons. Prosecutors like plea bargains because they weed out minor cases and concentrate instead on the serious cases that need their full attention. They also prefer plea bargains as they represent a sure thing as opposed to a trial that may or may not go their way.

Intent and mental state factor into criminal laws

When a Kentucky state prosecutor levels criminal charges against a person the specific facts of the alleged crime will be used to select the precise charges. The concept of "mens rea" will be applied to make the decision. This Latin term describes the legal process of determining the extent of guilt found within the person's mental state at the time of the crime. It splits crimes between those in which people intended to commit a crime and those that involved people who did not mean to do anything wrong.

Cartel leader cleared for extradition

People in Kentucky may be aware that some criminals can be extradited from other countries to face charges in the United States. On May 20, the Foreign Ministry of Mexico announced that since the United States had agreed to not seek the death penalty against the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, it would allow his extradition to face drug-related charges in multiple U.S. districts.