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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Andrea Schneider on Plea Bargaining

Marquette Law Professor Andrea Schneider on plea bargaining here at the ADR Prof Blog.  She cites a recent Human Rights Watch report and her study in describing plea bargaining as a "negotiation system that is fundamentally flawed."  The New York Times story she cites: "Prosecutors respond that using leverage to obtain plea bargains with clearly guilty defendants is a sound way to conserve resources and obtain cooperation."  "William G. Otis, an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and a former federal prosecutor, said that the reason defendants were in a poor bargaining position was not a result of prosecutors’ abuse, but because “there is solid proof they committed a crime.”

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