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  •  Plea bargaining (2+ / 0-)
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    ceebs, ericlewis0
    Does the Crown in the UK do deals the way so often happens in the US?
    Plea bargaining is not regarded as a commendable formal practice in the UK. There are strong legal arguments that Plea Bargaining is in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights (which is incorporated into UK Law) because it gives scope for coercion of defendents.

    There is a weak from of bargaining where prosecution and defence lawyers agree that certain charges will be dropped, but the courts have made it clear that they are never bound by pre-trial agreements as to penalties imposed for the actual offences presented to court.

    The sequence of events is more likely to involve charging someone with the offence of 'accessory before the facts' with the clear option of upping this to a charge of being a principal offender when the case comes to trial.

    However some people do see ducks quaking and walking around freed by courts and wonder if the avoidance of plea-bargaining is quite as clear as it might be.

    Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

    by saugatojas on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 03:57:22 AM PDT

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