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Did US judges really once offer convicted defendants the choice between jail or the Army?


I've been told that when a judge had a defendant that he thought was basically good but just some bad decisions, he would tell the accused, "You have a choice. You can promise to join the Army and straighten yourself out, and walk out of here now, or you can risk getting convicted, go to jail, and have a conviction on your record. Take your pick." Does anyone know if this is true? Did it happen to you or someone you know? How did it work out? Or is this just a myth?

 

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