Trial by Plea Bargain

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In the wheeling, dealing world of federal pleas and bargaining for sentences, a trial by jury is sometimes an afterthought. Last year, guilty pleas resolved more than 97 percent of federal cases prosecuted to conclusion by the Justice Department. That rate is way up along with the number of federal criminal defendants in the past decade, a number that has doubled.

David Feige is the author of "Indefensible: One Lawyer's Journey into the Inferno of American Justice." He's also the former trial chief of the Bronx Defenders. He currently works at the National Criminal Defense College.


David Feige

Comments [2]

unkerjay from Puget Sound, WA

"Justice" if applied as defined would mean finding the
innocent "innocent" and the guilty "guilty".

"Justice" that finds the innocent "guilty" and guilty
"innocent" that has a different standard for the well-to-do,
the famous than for the poor, the less well known is an
abomination of the word, of the process.

Racking up a conviction rate mindless of that is an excuse
either not to work with the system or to avoid it at all possible

And, since it was brought up yet again, what exactly is the benefit
of denying convicted felons the right to vote as compared to say
denying embezzlers employment at banks or pedophiles positions at
schools - both understandable by comparison.

What's the worst an ex-felon with voting rights could do? VOTE?

Sep. 27 2012 05:55 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

"And Justice For All," the film with Pacino comes to mind. I see nothing has changed since this satire from 1979, except that the Justice system has gotten worse.

Sep. 25 2012 09:51 AM

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