The Good Fight

Written by Denver based criminal defense attorney David Lindsey, this blog will examine issues related to the defense of the accused, as well as important criminal cases and court rulings from across the country. It will offer insight from the perspective of a criminal defense lawyer.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Federal Authorities Have Too Much Power to Force Defendants to Plead Guilty

Federal prosecutors have any number of tools at their disposal to force a defendant in a federal case to plead guilty.  Prosecutors can manipulate the sentencing guidelines and charging decisions to create a situation whereby the risk of going to trial is far outweighed by the plea bargain that is offered.  The link below is an excellent Op-Ed piece demonstrating this point.


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