© 2016 by Charles D. Jones

License to Lie

September 21, 2018

While I'm at Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp because I broke the law, many here would say they didn't. The more I understand the federal criminal justice system, the more I'm inclined to agree with some of them. Before coming here, I would have never believed this could happen in America. But I've learned some things about our system in the last few years. In short, it needs a major overhaul.

 

Here's an example. Let's say I worked for the FBI, DEA, ATF, FCC, CIA, SEC, FDIC, DOJ, FTC, IRS or DOL and an informant tells me you might be involved in some activity that could be of a criminal nature. Maybe this informant was someone whom you had sued, a competitor, or someone who just didn't like you. It doesn't really matter. If I had 2 days and access to your computer, phone, tax return and bank records, there's a very good chance I could concoct a theory leading to your federal indictment...for something. Access to your gun safe would help, but I wouldn't need it. If my case was weak, I'd also indict your co-workers, family members, or friends and call them co-conspirators. I'd simply convince them that it would ultimately be their best interests to testify against you. This indictment would begin for you a surreal journey to an unforeseen and unwelcomed destination. 

 

Did you know that once you're indicted on federal criminal charges, you have a 99.6% chance of being convicted? To begin with, 97.8% of those charged plead guilty. If you think that only the guilty plead guilty, think again. Many do so because they know that those who roll the dice and go to trial have an 84.4% chance of being found guilty. Some plead guilty because they can't afford to mount a sophisticated defense because the federal government seized all their assets pre-trial. Yes, I mean PRE-TRIAL. Those who appeal their guilty verdict have a mere 6.9% chance of having it reversed by an appellate court. When all is said and done with your indictment, conviction by pleading or trial, sentencing and appeals, you have a 98.4% chance of being incarcerated.

 

Do these staggering statistics indicate that federal law enforcement only bring charges against the guilty. Probably not. In fact, we know that's not true. Do they indicate federal prosecutors are that good and criminal defense lawyers incompetent? Not hardly. Maybe they indicate that our federal criminal justice system is seriously flawed or to quote our president, "rigged."

 

For anyone interested in reading about how the federal criminal justice system really works, the book Licensed to Lie by Sidney Powell will blow your mind.

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