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Another Opinion Piece Regarding Plea Bargaining

Tim Lynch of the CATO Institute has authored a thought-provoking piece about plea bargaining for The Washington Post.  The article, entitled Americans Are Bargaining Away Their Innocence , explores the presumption of innocence and the manner in which this tenet is impacted by the plea bargaining machine. The presumption of innocence helps to combat prejudice and prejudging in the U.S. criminal justice system. But because plea bargains have supplanted trials in our criminal justice system, that presumption does not apply to most cases in the United States. Read the entire opinion piece here .