Coercive Plea Bargaining: The Unrecognized Scourge of the Justice System
Harry M. Caldwell
Pepperdine University - School of Law
Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 61, No. 829, 2011
Pepperdine University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013/06
Part I of this Article briefly sets forth the ethical and professional duties of prosecutors. Part II examines the game-theory concepts at play in plea-and sentence-bargaining negotiations. For perspective, Part III explores the evolution of plea bargaining from common law and elucidates the problem of coercive plea bargaining. Part VI analyzes how other scholars' approaches fail to address the problem adequately and hence have not been implemented. Finally, in Part V, the Article concludes by offering a viable approach for limiting prosecutorial abuse in the charging process -- an approach that governments, both state and federal, can implement without disrupting the justice system and without significant costs.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: prosecutors, game-theory, plea bargaining, coercive plea bargaining
Date posted: January 17, 2013
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