qThat relatively few criminal cases in this country are resolved by full Perry Mason-style strials is fairly common knowledge. Most cases are settled by a guilty plea after some form of negotiation over the charge or sentence. But why? The standard explanation is case pressure: the enormous volume of criminal cases, to be processed with limited staff, time and resources. . . . But a large body of new empirical research now demands that we re-examine plea negotiation. Milton Heumann's book, Plea Bargaining, strongly and explicitly attacks the case-pressure argument and suggests an alternative explanation for plea bargaining based on the adaptation of attorneys and judges to the local criminal court. The book is a significant and welcome addition to the literature. Heumann's investigation of case pressure and plea negotiation demonstrates solid research and careful analysis.qaMichigan Law ReviewBy this time he has handled a large number of cases, most of which were eventually resolved by a plea bargain. ... fail to realize but, nonetheless, something the newcomer has learned, is that plea bargaining benefits most defendants. ... Instead, he thinks in terms of what he can do with the case, what his aquot;feel for the caseaquot; suggests. ... He thinks first of plea bargaining, of working it out, of hustling it through the circuit court, of strategies for negotiating sentences in the superior court.
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