In Monster by Walter Dean Myers, how does Bolden's assault charge get dropped?

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Wendell Bolden's assault charges are dropped because he agrees to testify against James King. The how regarding the dropped charges is a fairly straightforward answer, but discussing why Bolden would do such a thing is much more interesting to discuss. Bolden's verbal justification is that he is just trying to do the right thing. He says that he wants to be a good citizen and tell the truth. However, this rings very hollow because readers know that he had an assault charge against him. The reality is that Bolden's assault charges were dropped because he made a trade. If he testifies, then the...

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