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Federal Guilty Pleas Soar As Bargains Trump Trials

That’s the headline of a front-page Wall Street Journal article today (sorry, subscription only).

It’s great to see more attention to this subject.  The average American has no idea how lopsided the numbers are.  All across the nation, in both state and federal court, fewer than 5 percent of the criminal cases are resolved by jury trials.  Prosecutorial threats of more charges and longer sentences pressure many people into surrendering their right to a jury trial.  For background, go here.

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