The Mechanics of Plea Deals in PlameGate
As to plea offers in the works in PlameGate, there are two components: the charges and sentencing concessions. Fitzgerald and defense lawyers are busy today trying to reach deals. The charges are of less importance to the defendants at this late hour than the sentencing concessions Fitzgerald is offering.
By this time, major players like Karl Rove have accepted that any deal will include a felony conviction. Right now, the critical issue is whether they can avoid jail.
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