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“The Truth Is Also an Option”

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Here is a real quote from an exchange between counsels in a criminal setting in the corridor of a Court:

After the parties agreed that A would admit stealing from his employer, the prosecutor insisted that the plea agreement include a sum of money higher than what the defendant admitted. When the defense attorney protested the prosecutor asked: “Why does it matter? And what other option do you have?”

“The truth is also an option” – replied the defense attorney.

What is the role of judges in an era of confessions, self-incrimination, and guilty pleas?

Our observations of preliminary hearings in criminal cases in the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court demonstrate that:

  • Following criticism on the pressure methods exerted by the judges, they switched to “softer” and........

    © The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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