Sumthin to ponder

Frederick Leatherman Law Blog

I decided to write this article to respond to questions raised by many of you regarding plea bargaining in criminal cases. This is an important subject to cover because approximately 80% of all felony cases are resolved by guilty pleas that resulted from plea bargaining. If every defendant charged with a felony in this country demanded a jury trial, our courts would not be able to process their cases fast enough to keep up with the flow of new cases.

This would produce an epic disaster because trial dates would have to be scheduled so far off in the future that many defendants unable to qualify for pretrial release would serve a substantial amount of their sentences, if not the entire amount, before their trial. The right to a speedy trial would cease to have any meaning and the right to a trial would be so drastically compromised by theā€¦

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