Yep! I haven’t watched the Hulu doc (yet), but this is very true, and not only in federal or white collar criminal cases.
For 20 years, I’ve lived and worked as an appellate criminal defense attorney in the second largest county in the country which includes a major, populous city nearly always in the national news for its so-called “out of control” violent crime, and even 86% of our cases are disposed of by guilty pleas.
And this is in state court where the vast majority of cases are not white collar, as opposed to the SDNY, where certainly the assistant U.S. Attorneys are more comp