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PUblic Forum – January 2011 Topic

December 13, 2010

What is plea bargaining?

From Princeton: (criminal law) a negotiation in which the defendant agrees to enter a plea of guilty to a lesser charge and the prosecutor agrees to drop a more serious charge; “his admission was part of a plea bargain with the prosecutor”; “plea bargaining helps to stop the courts becoming congested”

http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=plea%20bargain

What is meant by the “criminal justice system?”

From Dictionary.com’s 21st Century Lexicon:  “A series of organizations involved in apprehending, prosecuting, defending, sentencing, and jailing those involved in crimes – including law enforcement, attorneys, judges, courts of law, prisons. Dictionary.com

What does “undermine” mean?

Definition of undermine from Princeton: sabotage: destroy property or hinder normal operations.

http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=undermine


What does the Constitution say about plea bargaining?

Nothing. Read the 5th & 6th Amendments to see what it says about criminal trials.


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