Criminal Justice-COLL | Pleas, Trials, and Sentences
P450 | 26428 | Luskin

Although the Bill of Rights promises citizens accused of crimes the
right to a speedy and public trial before an impartial jury, few
defendants will ever hear a jury’s verdict.  Most, instead, will
convict themselves through a plea of guilty.  Why is this so?  What
is the place of negotiation in an adversary system?  Indeed, what is
an adversary system?  This seminar examines trials and pleas and
their relation to one another in the disposition of criminal cases.
We will begin with an examination of the adversary system and the
modern criminal trial, after which, we will turn our attention to
the question of plea bargaining -- its origins, its nature, and its
consequences for individuals and society.   Along the way, we will
look at plea bargaining in other legal systems and international

Requirements:  Students will be called upon to read, discuss, and to
write. Class sessions will emphasize discussion, but may will
include short lectures and in-class writing assignments.  Students
will be given practice in drawing implications from what they read,
marshaling evidence, and presenting arguments.

Class Meeting:  Tuesdays, 5:45-8:15

Instructor:  Professor Mary Lee Luskin, criminal justice department