Yesterday, the New York Times reported that there is a trial penalty in criminal cases – that is, people accused of a crime spend more time in prison if they go to trial and lose than if they plead guilty.
The Times also reported that federal prosecutors have a lot of power.
- “Sentencing Shift Gives New Leverage to Prosecutors” (sentencing.typepad.com)
- So What’s New? (simplejustice.us)
- The Escalating Penalty for Asserting Your Right to a Trial (reason.com)