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Plea Bargaining: The Experiences of Prosecutors, Judges, and Defense Attorneys
by Milton Heumann
University of Chicago Press, 1978
Cloth: 978-0-226-33187-4 | eISBN: 978-0-226-77824-2 | Paper: 978-0-226-33188-1
Library of Congress Classification KF9654.H4
Dewey Decimal Classification 345.73072

"That relatively few criminal cases in this country are resolved by full Perry Mason-style strials is fairly common knowledge. Most cases are settled by a guilty plea after some form of negotiation over the charge or sentence. But why? The standard explanation is case pressure: the enormous volume of criminal cases, to be processed with limited staff, time and resources. . . . But a large body of new empirical research now demands that we re-examine plea negotiation. Milton Heumann's book, Plea Bargaining, strongly and explicitly attacks the case-pressure argument and suggests an alternative explanation for plea bargaining based on the adaptation of attorneys and judges to the local criminal court. The book is a significant and welcome addition to the literature. Heumann's investigation of case pressure and plea negotiation demonstrates solid research and careful analysis."—Michigan Law Review

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