Norm Pattis: Time To Fix The Plea Bargaining Machinery

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

Almost everyone pleads guilty to a crime when prosecuted. Some estimates place those pleading guilty, rather than facing trial, at more than 90 percent of all cases. In order to force defendants through the plea bargaining machinery, the law accepts outright hypocrisy. You can, for example, plead guilty to an offense while not admitting your guilt. That's what is known as an Alford plea.

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