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RT News -- December 08, 2015

Tax payers foot the bill on zombie defense projects

Large sums of taxpayer money is going to projects long-designated as ‘spy dreams’ or ‘zombie defense projects’ because of their refusal to die. RT's Aleksey Yaroshevsky reports on the defense companies making the most off of dead-end projects.

Plea bargaining on the rise, contributes to racial disparities 

According the US Sentencing Commission, over 90 percent of convictions in the federal system come from guilty pleas. For state systems, it’s around 95 percent. Research analyst Nazgol Ghandnoosh of the Sentencing Project sits down with RT’s Lindsay France to discuss the proliferation of plea deals and how they create a “black box” within the criminal justice system and contribute to racial disparities.