Robert Rosenkranz: Intelligence Squared US Debate Analysis
U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power
More than 90% of America’s prison population has never had a jury trial. Instead, they are in jail following plea bargains negotiated with prosecutors.
In these negotiations, prosecutors have vastly more bargaining power than the accused. Since plea bargaining saves time for judges, juries, and the entire apparatus of the court system, it is arguably an efficient approach. But does it produce just results?
It is with great wonderment and awe that I will always remember July 14, 2015. The day we explored Pluto.
It began like any other day but would end as anything but. That evening, I stood in the presence of many of NASA’s finest scientists and other fellow space enthusiasts. Together we were ready to witness one of the greatest moments in our modern history. 9-1/2 years in the making, NASA’s pioneering mission to Pluto was about to reach the closest point in its “fly-by”.
This evening, Intelligence Squared U.S. will celebrate a tremendous milestone: we will present our 100th debate. That includes about 465 debaters. We’ve presented debates in 7 cities, and on dozens of stages, totaling more than 10,000+ minutes of rigorous public discourse and reaching millions along the way. Thanks to our brilliant staff who made it all possible, and to our loyal community for watching, listening, and, most of all, for being open to debate.
Which state, red or blue, is better to reside in? I introduced and framed the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on this very topic, recorded live from Los Angeles, in partnership with the Philanthropy Roundtable. Let’s take a closer look at the dichotomy between how you vote with your mouth and how you vote with your feet.