3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
Defense counsel also recognizes that, even if she thinks the plea bargain being offered is unfair compared to those offered by other, similarly situated prosecutors, she has little or no recourse. An appeal to the prosecutor’s superior will rarely succeed, since the superiors feel the need to support their troops and since, once again, the prosecutor can shape the facts so as to make his superior find his proposed plea acceptable. And there is no way defense counsel can appeal to a neutral third party, the judge, since in all but a few jurisdictions, the judiciary is precluded from participating in plea bargain negotiations. In a word, she and her client are stuck.
A remarkable evolution that began I think in Poland, inspired by Lech Walesa and the Pope and left the military morally disarmed, the Polish army could not bring itself to fire on or otherwise repress the groundswell of freedom and patriotism. The Soviet Union itself was losing it’s militaristic resolve, the utter debacle in Afghanistan, from which they were driven, it was no Hungary, was a serious blow and left them less likely to pursue further thuggery. Then there was the arms race, increasingly a strain on the Soviet budget and plainly to onerous to be maintained. Coupled with Reagans contempt for that debased system, his fabled trip to Berlin and the Wall, his determination to speak for freedom while maintaining a strong arms posture, his alliance and friendship with Margaret Thatcher, all posed challenges that the sclerotic Soviet system couldn’t match.
But of course Ms. Elliott the ultimate factor was the spiritual and moral one, as you eloquently point out. I have nothing to add on that. Superb!