Parker Schnabel was handed gold rich ground by his grandfather and Tony beats; you guys seem to forget this. in the first two seasons Parker gets to play in his grandfather’s sandbox then he gets gold rich ground handed to him by Tony beets. I believe Tony beets had a thing against Todd Hoffman so he was handing Parker good ground to mine so that she would make Todd look foolish I think that’s pretty obvious. No one seems to mention the fact that Parker was handed the land. I don’t mean that it was free butit was a fact that it was good gold rich ground owned by Tony beets leased to Parker…next season is going to be the real interesting season because Parker will be buying his own land and making his own decision we will see how good Parker is.
But what really puts the prosecutor in the driver’s seat is the fact that he—because of mandatory minimums, sentencing guidelines (which, though no longer mandatory in the federal system, are still widely followed by most judges), and simply his ability to shape whatever charges are brought—can effectively dictate the sentence by how he publicly describes the offense. For example, the prosecutor can agree with the defense counsel in a federal narcotics case that, if there is a plea bargain, the defendant will only have to plead guilty to the personal sale of a few ounces of heroin, which carries no mandatory minimum and a guidelines range of less than two years; but if the defendant does not plead guilty, he will be charged with the drug conspiracy of which his sale was a small part, a conspiracy involving many kilograms of heroin, which could mean a ten-year mandatory minimum and a guidelines range of twenty years or more. Put another way, it is the prosecutor, not the judge, who effectively exercises the sentencing power, albeit cloaked as a charging decision.