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Old 02-23-2018, 09:58 AM
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Default Nolle prosequi: Deal w/prosecutor to gather info on someone?

I knew vaguely what nolle prosequi meant, I Googled it today and learned a little more. What I'd like to know is if it also means that the defendant has made a deal with the prosecutor to gather information about someone else for the promise of a lighter sentence or no sentence at all, could a case be nolle prosequi for that reason too?
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Great explanation:
https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclope...l-charges.html
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Nolle prosequi is a Latin phrase meaning “will no longer prosecute” or a variation on the same. It amounts to a dismissal of charges by the prosecution
There are numerous reasons why. I wouldn't jump to conclusions.
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I know there are many reasons, the one I am asking about was not listed in them and I'm just asking if it's a possibility. I jump to no conclusions, learned my lesson long ago on that one.
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Being able to benefit the prosecution with information on "higher up" criminal cases could very well be a reason that they would be willing to drop charges. Happens all the time.
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Simple answer is yes it could be the reason. However, the prosecutor will not normally drop charges before the person has provided information that has led to charges and conviction of others. If the charges were nolle pro'd prior to anyone else being charged it likely wasn't for cooperation. Once nolle pros'd the prosecutor can refile within the statute of limitations. If it's nolle pros'd there is no sentence the charges have been dropped and there is no conviction. Also having been in law enforcement for decades and now in criminal defense, if a person is acting as an informant, the last thing the police want is a case to be nolle pros'd befoer the investigation is over, it looks too suspicious and the information is public record and may even be available online. It creates too many questions in other persons engaging in skullduggery to be effective.

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