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Chapter 10 - Chapter 10 The Disposition Plea Bargaining...

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Chapter 10: The Disposition: Plea Bargaining, Trial, and Sentencing 1. Plea bargaining a. Compromise reached by the defendant, the defendant’s attorney, and the prosecutor in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty or no contest in return for a reduction of the charges’ severity, dismissal of some charges, further information about the offense or about others involved in it, or the prosecutor’s agreement to recommend a desired sentence b. Vertical plea- by pleading guilty or nolo contendere to a lesser included charge, the defendant can reduce the potential for a harsh sentence c. Horizontal plea- pleads guilty to a charge in exchange for other charges being dropped d. Reduced- sentence plea e. Avoidance of stigma plea 2. The trial a. Process: a.i. Indictment a.ii. Defendant’s plea a.iii. Prosecution opening statement a.iv. Defense opening statement a.v. Witnesses and evidence presented a.vi. Defense closing arguments a.vii. Judge’s instructions to jurors about procedures a.viii.
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