Peeking Behind the Plea Bargaining Process

45 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2012

Date Written: December 11, 2012


The Supreme Court’s rulings in Missouri v. Frye and Lafler v. Cooper, which recognized a defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel in plea bargaining, creates new responsibilities for judges, defense counsel and prosecutors. This article explores what those responsibilities are in light of the history and role of plea bargaining in the United States.

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Levenson, Laurie L., Peeking Behind the Plea Bargaining Process (December 11, 2012). Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Forthcoming, Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2012-49, Available at SSRN:

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