Plea Bargaining: An American Way of Justice*
- 1980 ----- b & w ----- 59 min ----- dvd
It is estimated that ninety percent of all felony cases in America are disposed of through plea bargaining. The defendant does not go to trial, does not have his or her case heard in a public courtroom and is not judged by a jury of his peers. Instead, judgement and sentence are arrived at in backrooms, in judges' chambers, over the telephone or in the corridors of the courthouse. It may take weeks or just a few seconds to arrive at an acceptable deal. Bill Moyers narrates this film which examines that "American way of justice."
(Restricted to use by institutions of Higher Education in Washington state only)
- Topics: (Law, Political Science: American)