PHOTO ESSAY: Choice & Consequence

ECHOES OF LEGALESE: Alan Turner, a deputy district attorney, confers with Monica Villa over a case involving an assault on a homeless person at Applegate Park in Merced. Villa walked away disappointed, saying she wasn’t needed to testify. She shook her head and said the accused would probably get probation, and not serious jail time. (TIMES PHOTO BY JONATHAN WHITAKER)

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