Lawyer Guy wrote:
Reading over the facts reported in the articles, it doesn't sound like there's enough to make a Burglary charge stick. Conspiracy charge? Maybe. Probably.
If Cooper wasn't dumb enough to open his mouth, though, the police probably wouldn't have been able to prove anything. He admitted to being there for the purpose of stealing cars. At worst, he had enough leverage to probably get a misdemeanor plea. Now, the cops probably have him dead to rights on a felony conspiracy charge.
AND THAT'S WHY YOU DON'T TALK TO THE POLICE!
I would lose more respect for Cooper if he wasn't open and honest with the cops about him stealing cars. Trying to make it difficult for the cops when it is clear Cooper was there to steal cars is not a respectable thing. They had bolt cutters on them and at least one chain protecting the cars was cut, any reasonable judge can figure out what that means. If you are an ethical lawyer, you would plea to the judge that Cooper admitted to the crime and is showing remorse rather than wasting people's time.