Unformatted text preview: committed a specific offense should receive. Judges may go outside the guidelines if aggravating or mitigating circumstances exist; however they must provide a written explanation of their reasons for doing so. Sentencing discretion has shifted from the judge to the prosecutor. Prosecutors can choose the charge and as well as the plea bargain; therefore the accused realize that to avoid the harsh sentences specified for some crimes, they must plead guilty and cooperate....
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- Fall '06
- criminal law, prosecutor, Sentencing Guidelines, Sentencing discretion