Essay on The Importance of Plea Bargaining in Criminal Trials

1351 Words Oct 24th, 1999 6 Pages
The Importance of Plea Bargaining in Criminal Trials

Screeech! That is the sound of our court system coming to a grinding halt, if plea bargaining were no longer utilized. Not only does plea bargaining save taxpayers an enormous amount of money, it often provides the evidence for a conviction and allows public defenders and other court officials to concentrate their limited resources on more important or difficult cases. Some people may believe that plea bargaining with criminals is wrong. The entire basis of the argument against plea bargaining says that criminals should not testify or have anything to do with the prosecution because they were involved with the crime.
We fail to realize that without plea bargaining many criminals
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I believe that the opposition is wrong.
There may be cases where there is lying but every part of the court system will have a little of that. The affirmative speaker has totally contradicted himself. He stated that plea bargaining is when a person admits to his crime and therefore is rewarded with a lighter sentence. Is the affirmative side saying that criminals admit to other crimes than what they have done. It appears to me that he is stating that a person who is charged for a crime is admitting to a totally different crime. Therefore he will be sentenced for that crime and still go through his original trial. Second of all he said that most of the time the actual truth is known, if it is how is this accused person going to lie.
I am saying that plea bargaining definitely reaches the truth and that is one reason why it is used because the truth is know and the defendant is simply agreeing with it, therefore the affirmative speaker has no validation for this argument. The speaker also referred to how plea bargaining was inaccurate and unfair.
It was stated that plea bargaining doesn't reflect what really happened and the accused is not punished fairly. I have already stated how Plea Bargaining does reach the truth therefore it is accurate. The accuracy is very accountable because in many cases there are other witnesses that confirm the testimony of
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