By Andrew Christiansen

Prosecutor says guilty pleas are more common


Klickitat County Prosecutor David Quesnel has released court statistics that relate to his campaign objectives back in 2014. During the campaign, Quesnel was critical of the previous administration for low conviction rates and long delays in felony cases.

One major point of contention during the campaign was the approach of deciding what charges to file. The previous administration's approach was to file all probable cause charges at the beginning of the case and dropping some in plea negotiations rather than leaving potential crimes uncharged. Quesnel argues that the law says more than probable cause is required to charge someone. Those two approaches are clear in the statistics. From 20...

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