An article in this morning's Spokesman Review says a man was found "not quilty". No doubt the prosecution thought they had the case all sewed up. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.
Aside from the easy laugh at the typo there is a point to me bringing this case up. There are two defendants charged. One took a plea deal and one went to trial. Regardless, the decision to go either way requires a lot of careful thought. The one that went to trial was found not guilty so now the one who pled guilty wants a do over. Now had the one who went to trial been found guilty and received a harsher sentence, the one who took the plea deal would have considered himself better off.
Such are the ways of our legal system. It's not necessarily a justice system, but that's been a given since the start.