Gerry Canavan

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‘Go to Trial’

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Susan Burton has a plan to crash the justice system.

Written by gerrycanavan

March 11, 2012 at 12:21 pm

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  1. Reading that article it occurred to me that that proposal — “If everyone charged with crimes suddenly exercised his constitutional rights [e.g. to a speedy trial], there would not be enough judges, lawyers or prison cells to deal with the ensuing tsunami of litigation.” — represents a real-life prisoners’ dilemma. That is, if the prisoners cooperate with each other, they both go free, but if either one cooperates with the judge, the other loses. Risking one’s own life (sentence) based on trust in another con? Not too likely, and more to the game theory point, not too rational.

    Alex Chaffee

    March 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    • There’s definitely a collective action problem here that seems insurmountable.


      March 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm

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