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Criminal Judges on Trial: State-Induced Guilty Pleas by Mike McConville and Luke Marsh

July 1, 2014

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Giving the criminally accused reduced sentences in return for a guilty plea is officially portrayed as  a practical necessity for the administration of criminal courts. No one likes the idea of criminals ‘getting away with it’. Repeatedly, law and order politicians complain that offenders are not receiving their just desserts.  Yet the striking of deals with offenders (‘plea bargaining’) is now  portrayed by judges and politicians alike as an imperative because, it is said, the criminal justice system  could not cope with a high proportion of defendants  asserting their ‘right’ to trial.

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