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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    To be honest I don‘t think trials are favored at all in our Judicial
    System including civil, family, and criminal. I am not sure if that is because of time, cost, or some other factor,

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