4 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2004
Plea bargaining, like all government activities, is liable to abuse. Yet the mere fact that a process can be abused does not necessarily make that process unconstitutional, or immoral. Plea bargaining is rife with unfair prosecutorial tactics, and it needs reform. But the process itself is not unconstitutional, nor does it violate a defendant's rights.
Keywords: Plea bargaining, fifth amendment, sixth amendment, constitutional law, plea bargain, criminal law, right to trial
JEL Classification: K14, K10
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Sandefur, Timothy, In Defense of Plea Bargaining. Regulation, Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 28-31, Fall 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=511302