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Why judges and prosecutors like plea bargains

Many Washington residents may have heard of the concept of plea bargaining and how it can help a person charged with a crime, but they may not know why it is also attractive to judges and prosecutors. For them, it appeals to a principle known as "judicial economy." This is the idea that cases need to be handled as quickly as possible, and plea bargains help do so.

Washington man sentenced in dark web case

Seattle residents may have heard about highly encrypted websites that trade in contraband such as weapons and drugs. These "dark web" sites are considered by many to operate beyond the reach of traditional law enforcement. However, the June 3 sentencing of a 27-year-old Bellevue man for his involvement with the black market website Silk Road 2.0 indicates that the dark web may not be quite as dark as once thought.

Way cleared for extradition of Joaquín 'El Chapo" Guzmán

Many Washington residents have likely heard of Joaquín 'El Chapo" Guzmán, the alleged leader of the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico. After escaping from prison and later being recaptured, Guzmán has now reportedly been cleared for extradition to the United States to face multiple charges in federal courts in both Texas and California.

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