Verdict & Trial Essay

1199 Words Apr 12th, 2014 5 Pages
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The Glynn County Superior Court was the appropriate court for this case. In the state of Georgia there are several trial courts with different jurisdictions. Superior Court in Georgia is a court of general jurisdiction and hears felony murder cases like this case. The 159 Superior Courts in Georgia hear felony cases, divorce proceedings, title to land equity cases, juveniles who commit serious felonies and correct errors from county courts. (Rattley, 2008)
The plea bargaining process is a common pre-trial practice between the prosecutor office and the defense attorney in the criminal justice system. Approximately 95% of all criminal convictions resulted from this over used process. This process saves the tax payer money and the courts a lot of time; however, in some cases dangerous defendants receive lighter sentences and prosecutors sidestep the law to obtain a guilty plea. Some states do not allow plea bargaining on certain cases like drunk driving or with repeat offenders. The judge in the case is not obligated to accept a recommended plea deal from prosecutors. (Siegel & Worrall, 2013)
One case where a plea bargain was reached and accepted by the judge is the case where a California couple, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, in 1991 kidnapped an 11 year old girl, Jaycee Dugard, near her school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe and held her captive for 18 years. While in captivity Jaycee gave birth to two daughters fathered by the Phillip. The defendants managed to keep

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