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Fairness and the Willingness to Accept Plea Bargain Offers


Avishalom Tor


Notre Dame Law School

Oren Gazal-Ayal


University of Haifa - Faculty of Law

Stephen M. Garcia


University of Michigan

April 2, 2009

Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 97-116, March 2010
CELS 2009 4th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper

Abstract:     
In contrast with the common assumption in the plea bargaining literature, we show fairness-related concerns systematically impact defendants' preferences and judgments. In the domain of preference, innocents are less willing to accept plea offers (WTAP) than guilty defendants and all defendants reject otherwise attractive offers that appear comparatively unfair. We also show that defendants who are uncertain of their culpability exhibit egocentrically biased judgments and reject plea offers as if they were innocent. The article concludes by briefly discussing the normative implications of these findings.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: Fairness, Decision Making, Judgment, Experimental, Behavioral, self-serving bias, risk, prospect theory, law, criminal procedure, plea bargaining

JEL Classification: D89, D99, K14, K41, K42

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Date posted: May 6, 2009 ; Last revised: February 7, 2012

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Tor, Avishalom and Gazal-Ayal, Oren and Garcia, Stephen M., Fairness and the Willingness to Accept Plea Bargain Offers (April 2, 2009). Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 97-116, March 2010; CELS 2009 4th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1398128

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Avishalom Tor (Contact Author)
Notre Dame Law School ( email )
P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0780
United States
Oren Gazal-Ayal
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law ( email )
Mount Carmel
Haifa, 31905
Israel
HOME PAGE: http://weblaw.haifa.ac.il/en/Faculty/GazalAyal/Pages/default.aspx
Stephen M. Garcia
University of Michigan ( email )
741 Dennison Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States
734-615-2561 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.sitemaker.umich.edu/stephen.garcia
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