Essays Against Plea Bargaining

Essays Against Plea Bargaining-57
Is the affirmative side saying that criminals admit to other crimes than what they have done.

Is the affirmative side saying that criminals admit to other crimes than what they have done.

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.

The courts are at present full and running over and if all the cases were to be tried the courts budgets would have to be increased by 900% (according to Tom Wallace, a public defender from Baltimore, Maryland).

It is also important to consider the length of time that would be required to try every person indicted for a crime.

The affirmative speaker believes that plea bargaining does not reveal the truth.

He has said that there is often lying and inaccurate accounts of the truth as a result of plea bargaining. There may be cases where there is lying but every part of the court system will have a little of that.The accuracy is very accountable because in many cases there are other witnesses that confirm the testimony of the defendant.Witnesses and/or victims are usually present at the case and testify to add additional information and verify the testimony of the defendant.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.Every aspect of our lives is governed by this utilitarian value. In the real world compromises are made because without them no amount of success could ever be achieved.In the words of John Stewart Mill, the father of utilitarianism, "The creed which accepts as the foundation of morals utility, or the greatest happiness principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness".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 would never be punished for their crimes at all. Granted, a plea bargain is, by definition, a compromise.We place a great deal of value on efficiency and industry.The government is expected to run with efficiency and operate with the good of the people in mind. If we all constantly obsessed over minute details and unrealistic ideals we would live in poverty.

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