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  • Trading Away Justice

    Guilty pleas have become the go-to solution for the nation’s overburdened courts. They account for nine of every 10 convictions in the United States. But our near-total reliance on plea bargaining has created a parallel justice system -- one without the constitutional safeguards of trials, that operates largely in secret and with little oversight. Through case studies and data analysis, “Trading Away Justice” documents how even innocent defendants are being pressured into pleading guilty.
  • Dubious deals at the Lake County Prosecutor's office

    The Times investigative series takes a look inside the rampant use of plea bargaining by people in the Lake County Prosecutor's office in drug cases. Indiana law saws that "dealing in just 3 grams of pure or adulterated cocaine" and showing intent to deliver results in a Class A felony, punishable with a 20 year minimum term. But reporters found that in cases where the defendant had as much as 400 grams had been converted to a Class D felony, which could be made into a Class A misdemeanor that comes with an up to one year sentence.
  • Green County Justice

    The package began with an investigation into a videotape that showed a police officer of a local anti-drug unit claiming that he had paid witnesses to testify in court to whatever the officer wanted. That led to a series that examined the cases brought by the local drug unit and the practice prosecutors used of plea bargaining in return for cash, automobiles or property owned by the accused. The series also examined the federal funding behind the drug task force and showed how more than 700 other such units operate nationwide with similar pressures to swap cases for seized property in order to provide their funding.
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    Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press looks at the war on drugs in Michigan; finds police departments arguing over turf, prosecutors plea bargaining most cases, and 40 percent of drug dealers and users arrested are only placed on probation, Aug. 7-14, 1988.
  • To Live and Die with the Pagans

    News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) series reports on the murder of a Delaware couple, who were going to testify against a member of a motorcycle gang; finds a suspect in the case was a federal informant in another matter and that federal investigators shielded him from the New Jersey state police investigation.
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    Detroit News publishes series on the state of the criminal justice system in Michigan and proposals in the state legislature to alter it; series addresses such topics as sentencing, young criminals, plea bargaining, the insanity defense, bail, parole and the death penalty, Feb. 23-March 2, 1986.
  • Plea Bargining

    KPLC-TV (Lake Charles, La.) does five-part series examining four criminal cases in that city, with special attention to adequacy of the plea bargaining system, November 1981.