On Monday, September 26, 2011, the New York Times reported in a front page story that as a result of decades of passing laws to increase punishments, prosecutors have gained greater leverage to extract guilty pleas from defendants which has dramatically reduced the number of cases proceeding to trial. The Times examined statistics from the National Center for State Courts and the Bureau of Justice Statistics which illustrate this trend towards lower trial rates

The Times also examined the case of State of Florida v. Shane Guthrie who is currently facing a severe mandatory minimum sentence after he rejected plea offers initially offered by the State.  Included in the article are quotes from Mr. Guthrie‚Äôs current attorney, Craig C. DeThomasis of Gainesville.

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