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Viewpoint: Plea agreement a trade taken seriously

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People often express concerns about plea bargains in criminal cases. They wonder, "Why should a criminal get a bargain? Doesn't anyone take crime seriously?" In fact, everyone in the criminal justice system takes it very seriously.

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So what is a plea bargain? It is an agreement made between the prosecutor and the defendant as to how a criminal case will be resolved. It would be more accurately described as a negotiated plea agreement.

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