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A <i>Suq</i> of Deals: Plea Bargaining

Lisa Hajjar

in Courting Conflict

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780520241930
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937987 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520241930.003.0009
A Suq of Deals: Plea Bargaining

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This chapter describes the legal process, which is dominated by plea bargaining. In particular, it investigates the factors that affect plea bargaining, compares how outcomes are achieved, and discusses how legal work and the legal process are perceived by those directly involved in military court system. Time and money bear heavily on the prevalence of plea bargaining. Some lawyers certainly lack the professional skills needed to handle the pressures of a trial, so they “need” to plea-bargain. But in this court system, plea bargaining is the norm, not the exception. Legally and politically, the prevalence of plea bargaining in the military court system is a rational response to the carceral nature of military occupation and the constricted options available to Palestinian defendants and their lawyers. But plea bargaining also reveals that people can and do maneuver for advantages, even under such conditions.

Keywords: plea bargaining; legal work; military court system; military occupation; Palestinian defendants; lawyers; time; money

Chapter.  7298 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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