According to one researcher, there are 13 million misdemeanor cases each year that pass through U.S. courts. With so many cases to deal with, judges and prosecutors put pressure on public defenders to resolve them as soon as possible. In many cases, the defendants are black or poor. Statistics show that white people are 75 percent more likely to have charges that could result in jail time dismissed or reduced.
A Kentucky man has been charged with a raft of weapons, drugs and theft offenses after allegedly attempting to elude Madison County police on the morning of Aug. 15. The 34-year-old Richmond resident faces multiple counts of theft, gun possession by a convicted felon and fleeing police. He has also been charged with possessing a controlled subtance and drug paraphernalia and was cited for reckless driving.