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plea bargain


Plea bargaining helps to relieve court backlog.
  law:  an agreement in which the defendant agrees to enter a plea of guilty (or no contest) to a lesser charge and the prosecutor agrees to drop a more serious charge — often with an agreed-upon disposition
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"Plea bargain" is the term used in criminal trials. In civil trials, it is called a "settlement."
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  • Plea bargaining helps to relieve court backlog.
  • Many weren’t included in the conversations about whether a plea bargain was acceptable or what sentence was appropriate.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Plea bargaining was entirely about posturing.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Your only hope is to plea bargain.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running

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  • I had a lawyer come in and work out a plea bargain with the judge.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Now you feeling sorry for yourself so you want to plea bargain your way back to me?
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Slam!
  • Do they tell on each other in hopes that the Officials will go easy on them—a plea bargain?
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • The plea bargain came with a hefty price: the bar owners took nearly all the money we’d saved while operating the honky-tonk.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • It was plea bargained.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • It wasn’t his first brush with the law, by any means: during high school he’d racked up a few breaking and enterings(plea-bargained), one DWI (dismissed), and one possession of a controlled substance (community service and a big fine, but just by the skin of his teeth).
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby

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  • I understand you gentlemen would like to talk about a plea bargain?
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Landers quickly found out what Frankie Martin had meant when he said he and Deacon would need Landers’s help if Dillard didn’t accept the "offer he can’t refuse:’ Less than an hour after the plea bargain fell apart, Deacon had called Landers and asked him to come down to the D.A.’s office.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
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Associated words [difficulty]:   plea bargain [7] , without prejudice [8] , summary judgment [9]
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