I’m not sure that a short rap sheet is protection against rehabilitation. Mudd only had smuggling, transporting stolen goods and purchasing a spacecraft with counterfeit currency, it seems more like a three strikes rule more than anything else.
In TNG and VOY if we go by Tom Paris being the same guy who lead to Wesley’s flight team accidentally killing themselves, and lead a cover up, then the worst someone like Mudd might get is more conventional rehabilitation at a penal colony with a fair amount of autonomy.
Going by TOS, Garth was seriously insane, and weren’t his followers as nuts in their own ways? I think Mudd’s little friend has it right, unless he believes he can get pinned for premeditated murder of the person he stole phasers from. Even that seems unlikely given the truth telling machinery they have in TOS. It’s good enough to detect lies and factual innacuracy not known by witnesses and prosecution.
He probably STILL has that death sentence from Deneb V hanging over him, and the Federation would most likely extradite him there, depending upon the stardates. I didn’t notice any given in this story so far.
Does “Mudd’s Women” count as human trafficking?
Doubtful. I’m pretty sure Kirk would have had him arrested on the spot if it did.
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