New York Times Go to Trial: Crash the Justice System

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?

http://nyti.ms/AwxB1l

 

 

1 thought on “New York Times Go to Trial: Crash the Justice System

  1. As I recall, Proessor Malcolm Feeley at Boalt Hall argues plea bargaining is a function of pretrial constitutional rights, epecially the right to effective assistance of counsel. Additionally, Feeley contends that in the era when trials were held in most cases, the proceedings took only minutes to complete and the defendant had minimal opportunities to present his side of the case and o contest the prosecution. What constitutional rights have tproduced is a pretial adversary system that probably protects the defendant to a greater extent than in the era when trials were the modal manner of resolution. See his essay in the Justice System Journal in 1982.

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