Coercion to Compromise : Plea Bargaining, the Courts, and the Making of Political Authority, Hardback Book

Coercion to Compromise : Plea Bargaining, the Courts, and the Making of Political Authority Hardback

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.

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