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Unformatted text preview: iii. Plea bargaining 1. Will defendant give information 2. Mitigating or aggravating 3. Employment, gender iv. Sentence – prosecutors very involved c. Why (according to L&L) does discretion exist i. Practicality – too many crimes, criminals, cases ii. Over criminalization – too many behaviors are considered criminal iii. L&L sanctions are too harsh iv. Prosecutor wants to win v. Law enforcement consideration – information provided by defendant can help law enforcement vi. Public pressure/public opinion vii. Situational or case factors 1. Victims may push prosecutors 2. Defense may influence prosecutor 3. Characteristics of victims & suspects 4. How much police press prosecutors...
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course ADJ 100 taught by Professor Lum during the Spring '08 term at George Mason.
- Spring '08