Publisher description for Coercion to compromise : plea bargaining, the courts, & the making of political authority / Mary E. Vogel.


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This book examines the origins of the controversial practice of plea bargaining, a procedure that appears to reward the guilty. Contrary to popular perception of plea bargaining as an innovation or corruption of the post-World War II years, this study shows that the practice emerged early in
the American Republic. It argues that plea bargaining should be seen as part of a larger repertoire of techniques in the Anglo-American legal tradition through which law might be used as a vehicle of rule.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Plea bargaining -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Plea bargaining -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History -- 19th century.
Social classes -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History -- 19th century.