Plea Deal for Meredith Graves

She took a plea to a misdemeanor and paid a $200 fine:

“This is not the kind of case that should prevent her from being a doctor,” attorney Daniel Horwitz said. “Licensing boards have a lot of discretion.”

“It’s the type of disposition that will allow her to get on with her life and career,” he continued, explaining why Graves, whose husband accompanied her to New York for her court appearance, decided to plead guilty. “What she did is not a crime in Tennessee.”

Graves will have pay a $200 fine in the case.

It’s still a travesty, but we will fix this. We can’t have individual cities opting out of respecting the Bill of Rights.

11 Responses to “Plea Deal for Meredith Graves”

  1. Rydak says:

    Like allot of people in her situation, she no doubt wanted to finished her schooling and not travel so far to fight a charge. I wish she had, but then again, I don;t blame her for just wanting to get on with her life.

    NYC is out of control. There is no reason why they should not honor other states permits. Its not like there is a state that gives them out from a vending machine.

  2. DevsAdvocate says:

    Did she get her gun back?

  3. Wes says:

    This is why we need national concealed carry in my opinion.

    • Sage Thrasher says:

      +1! Exactly right. Civil rights should not be a matter of the most restrictive jurisdiction determining what freedoms can or cannot be exercised by those transiting through. We wouldn’t put up with segregated restrooms or polling stations, and this is no different.

  4. emdfl says:

    Of course she didn’t get her gun back. Some friend of the DA or a po-po probably has it already.

  5. Bryan S. says:

    Justice, it seems, is only for those that can afford it, or find a big enough group to back them.

    • Zermoid says:

      That’s why I’m an NRA member, I don’t agree with everything they do, but overall they seem to be the best bet to get things changed.

      • Bryan S. says:

        Except when it does not politically favor them… ask new Hampshire or us here in PA who work with house members.

  6. Alpheus says:

    I recently read an article from Cato that explained how plea bargaining destroys the Right to Jury. This is clearly an example of such destruction in action: Meredith just wants to continue her schooling, and get on with her life, and rather than risk the chance of going to jail, she pays $200, probably gives up her gun, and puts this behind her.

    Never mind that the jury may have been willing to nullify the bad law; never mind, too, that the prosecutor might have been forced to decide to drop charges, and focus his attention on more important cases (or otherwise burden an already-busy court system). Never mind that the law itself may very well be unconstitutional!

    The idea that plea bargaining serves justice is a joke!

    • Chiburbian says:

      I agree Alpheus, but Meredith didn’t want justice. She wanted to get on with her life. I believe the Marine that got busted similarly is planning on fighting for justice. Let’s forgive Meredith for being human and get on with ending this bad law. JMHO

      • Alpheus says:

        I do not fault Meredith for doing what she did; indeed, I did the exact thing a few months ago when I pleaded a traffic ticket down to a (less serious) speeding charge–a ticket, incidentally, that I also received in a different State.

        Even so, or perhaps especially so, I still stand by my claim that plea bargaining destroys the jury system, which in turn, hurts justice.


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