Works wonders

Via Reuters: After two days in a real Bahamas jail, Sammy has decided to let US extradite him. Jail works wonders on spoiled brats.

A real threat of punishment also works wonders on young professional criminals like Sammy who are accustomed to bullying and cheating through all obstacles. Reminds me of my experience on the other side of the court system, serving on a jury in 2014:

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I noted that the TV stereotype of jurors as “welfare queens” is completely untrue here. The people who respond to the summons are largely middle or upper-middle types. Roughly 70% of the people who get a summons don’t bother to show up at all, and there’s no punishment for them. So what makes the responders respond? Some are just naturally dutiful, incapable of disobeying, but the motive for others must be a love of community and civilization. You can see this love in action in cases that settle during jury selection. Young punk thinks he can fool the squares, but after he looks in the eyes of 100 squares, he realizes the squares HATE HIM and aren’t going to be fooled. He pleads.

Result: In a jury trial, jurors AND defendants AND plaintiffs are mainly above median in income and status. A poor defendant in a criminal case will almost always plead out either before or during the trial process. Defendants bet against a jury only when they can afford a good attorney. Similarly with civil cases. Small claims run through small claims court, not through the jury system. Larger suits nearly always settle before trial. Only a rich plaintiff who is suing a rich defendant will bet on a full trial.

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