Yesterday, I put an article on the blog called lets make a deal. Well, today the New York Times published and editorial about plea bargaining. It appears that next Monday the supreme court is going to hear arguements about a legal procedure that is free of any sort of regulation called plea bargoning.
Hear is the introduction to their editorial:
Last year, 97 percent of convictions in federal courts were the result of guilty pleas. In 2006, the last year for which data was available, the corresponding percentage in state courts was 94.
In the context of trials, it has long been established that defendants who can show that incompetent work by their lawyers probably affected the outcome are entitled to new trials.
Plea bargaining, on the other hand, “remained all but unregulated, a free market that sometimes resembled a Turkish bazaar,” Stephanos Bibas, a professor of law and criminology at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote recently in The California Law Review.
The rest of the article is at:Supreme Court to Weigh Effects of Bad Plea Advice