There are judicial critics of plea bargaining. Some judges will participate and help parties settle criminal cases, and others don’t. But if you look at the numbers, the criminal justice system might grind quickly to a halt if there were not some degree of plea bargaining. And so the opinion piece recently published by the New York Times entitled Go to Trial: Crash the System is a short but provocative read.
From The New York Times: OPINION: Go to Trial: Crash the Justice System
What would happen if thousands of people charged with crimes refused to plead out?