Plea Bargaining's Triumph

Plea Bargaining's Triumph

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qIn the end, the most vivid testimony to the dominance of plea bargaining is this simple fact: It is difficult to name a single innovation in criminal procedure during the last 150 years that has been incompatible with plea bargaining's progress and survived. With the advent of the United States Sentencing Guidelines in 1987, plea bargaining's triumph in America's federal courts was complete. By handing unprecedented sentencing discretion to prosecutors, the Guidelines have ensured that those who always had the greatest incentive to plea bargain now have the power to make it happen.q--BOOK JACKET.But the efficiency of plea bargaining is not the only benefit it extends to power- holders. ... It is no mystery why judges of the first half of the nineteenth century did not concern themselves much with reversal rates a€” there ... Theodore Ferdinand reports that between 1814 and 1822, defendants appealed in only three percent of municipal-court cases in Boston, a figure that declined through the first half of theanbsp;...

Title:Plea Bargaining's Triumph
Author:George Fisher
Publisher:Stanford University Press - 2004-07


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