The Case Against Plea Bargaining

Timothy Lynch

Cato Institute

Regulation, Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 24-27, Fall 2003


Plea bargaining has come to dominate the administration of justice in America. Even though plea bargaining pervades the justice system, I argue that the practice should be abolished because it is unconstitutional. There is no doubt that government officials deliberately use their power to pressure people who have been accused of crime, and who are presumed innocent, to confess their guilt and to waive their right to a formal trial.

The Case Against Plea Bargaining

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