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June 30th 2015:Wrongly Charged: How The Legal System Really Works

True or false: “If you haven’t done anything wrong, you have nothing to fear.” How does the legal system in the U.S. really work? Why do many people spend time in prison for crimes they did not commit? Why would an innocent person plead guilty? Can you get released from jail without seeing a judge? Why do you lose even if you win at trial? Can you get a false arrest or conviction removed from your record? We will discuss these and other important questions about arrests, convictions, and life after prison.

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David Merkatz

Until 2013, David Merkatz made his living as a locksmith in Coconut Creek, FL. Life, he thought, was pretty good. While there were some trademark issues with his business, he was making a living and enjoying his life. That all changed August of 2013, when police arrested him and charged him and two of his fellow locksmiths with crimes that didn't commit. Even though they weren’t found guilty by a jury of their peers, they still had to pay all bond costs, legal fees, and suffer through the agony of waiting to see how their case would play out. This experience is what prompted David Merkatz to write Wrongly Charged, to show other sufferers that they aren’t alone and to take a stand for chang
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