Coercion to Compromise : Plea Bargaining, the Courts, and the Making of Political Authority Hardback
by Mary E. (Visiting Assistant Professor, Law and Society Program, Visiting Assistant Professor, Vogel
Part of the Oxford Socio-Legal Studies series
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This book examines the origins of the controversial practice of plea bargaining, a procedure that appears to reward the guilty.
Contrary to popular perception of plea bargaining as an innovation or corruption of the post-World War II years, this study shows that the practice emerged early in the American Republic.
It argues that plea bargaining should be seen as part of a larger repertoire of techniques in the Anglo-American legal tradition through which law might beused as a vehicle of rule.