Managerial Judging and Judicial Plea Negotiations: Further Evidence

50 Pages Posted: 24 May 2017  

Nancy J. King

Vanderbilt University - Law School

Ronald F. Wright

Wake Forest University - School of Law

Date Written: May 22, 2017

Abstract

This is a companion report to our article, “The Invisible Revolution in Plea Bargaining: Managerial Judging and Judicial Participation in Negotiations,” 95 Texas Law Review 325 (2016), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2796296. Based on field interviews with judges and attorneys in ten different states, we documented new procedures in state courts that involve judges routinely in the settlement of criminal cases. We learned of grant-funded problem-solving sessions, multi-case conferences where other lawyers chime in, settlement dockets with retired judges, full-blown felony mediation with defendant and victims, and more.

In this companion report, we make publicly available some additional quotations from our field interviews, adding depth to our description and evaluation of judicial negotiation practices. The additional evidence from our interviews includes further examples and exceptions that we did not publish in the original article. This report ends with an appendix describing our methodology in assembling this interview data.

Keywords: Criminal Procedure, Plea Negotiations, Judicial Behavior

Suggested Citation

King, Nancy J. and Wright, Ronald F., Managerial Judging and Judicial Plea Negotiations: Further Evidence (May 22, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2972294 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2972294

Nancy J. King

Vanderbilt University - Law School ( email )

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Ronald F. Wright (Contact Author)

Wake Forest University - School of Law ( email )

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