Do you think most plea bargains let criminals off with a slap on the hand or a jury trial justice?
After watching a few "I Survived" episodes and seeing news broadcasts of people stabbing someone 36 times and choking them receiving 6 yrs, a kidnapping/rape cutting off both of a teenagers arms and got 14 yrs (jury trial /served a little over half the time), and so many more. But because the victims didn't die the sentence was not anywhere close to the intensity of the crime (in my opinion), or is it sometimes because the prosecutor wants the quick plea bargain making the charges less than the actual crime committed?
There are many reasons why a prosecutor would want to make a quick plea bargain and in the end no one really wins but the actual offender of the crime. Depending on the policy of the Prosecutor in office, it all comes down to numbers. A plea bargain counts as a conviction and it is cheaper than bringing the case to trial. It also depends on how much evidence exists against the defendant and his/her criminal background. Though many things are considered before a plea bargain is established, I believe it is still an easier means to an end and the victims never get justice.
When did this happen with the teenager who got the arms cut off? I remember something from the late 1970s when a girl was hitchhiking and this happened to her. I would have to agree justice wasn't served. plea bargains are fine in some cases but not in violent ones.
Hi Lois I'm not really sure as to the dates but I think your right about the late 70's. It was on an episode of I Survived that I watched on Hulu and almost fell off the chair when I saw the time he did.