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September 2, 2010 at 8:57 AM

A deeper look at the Josh Lueke trade and case

Some of you may not have seen it, but we took another look at the Josh Lueke case today and the circumstances surrounding his trade to Seattle back in July. I’m not going to comment further because the story speaks for itself.
You can read it right here.
There is one point I do want to make. Some of you have already written in with some confusion about why we wrote that a no contest plea is equivalent to a guilty plea. Well, because in criminal court, it is.
When Lueke agreed to his plea to a reduced felony charge of false imprisonment with violence, he had to initial a section of a Superior Court waiver that states: “I understand that a plea of No Contest is the same as a plea of Guilty for the purposes of these criminal proceedings.”
And on his probation documents, it also clearly states: “You have been convicted of a felony.”
So, hopefully that clears up the confusion some people appear to have over what a no contest plea equates to and why we wrote the story using the terminology we did.

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