What's Wrong With Judge Rakoff's Plea-Bargaining Proposal

Law360, New York (December 10, 2014, 10:08 AM EST) -- In a widely read article for the New York Review of Books (Nov. 20, 2014 issue), "Why Innocent People Plead Guilty," U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, of the Southern District of New York, proposes the use of neutral magistrates to referee the plea-bargaining process. Judge Rakoff — a respected trial judge whose career includes stints as a federal prosecutor and defense attorney — is eminently qualified to speak about plea bargaining reform. His proposal deserves careful consideration....

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