Today I will interview a judge on his role in major criminal cases from his role beginning with first contact dealing with a plea bargain. The reason I choose to focus on that of plea bargains is because based on the videos I viewed this is the first initial contact the defendant has with the judge and most of the most memorable parts of many criminal court cases.
Q: Good afternoon, one thing that stands out to me is why do we have so many plea bargains with in this country?
A: Good question, for one our constitution states that everyone should offered that of a speedy trial. With that plea bargains can be looked at as such. Also if we were to send every case in front of jury many ...view middle of the document...
Q: Have you ever had a moment were you believed that the defendant knew exactly what he/ she is doing in taking a plea bargain?
A: As judges we go through all the admonishments. With that if we don’t feel that defendant is not being sincere and we feel they are being threatened or pressured. That is where us as judges step in and start question the defendant to get a better understand of what is on in his mind. But also at this time the plea will get rejected.
Q: Who is in charge of determining the plea bargain?
A: In many cases the defense attorney advises that person of the options. They will bring the agreement advising the defendant of their options and if they want to take it or not. But the final decision is always left up to the defendant. But as a judge we do everything in our power to try and find out if this person is pleading guilty because they are guilty. If and when we began to give the admonishments, we get a feel that they are being forced the plea will get rejected.
Q: when talking about plea bargains what are some cons and pros to them?
A: Some cons to the plea bargains come when mistakes are made by a prosecutor who over-evaluates their cases, or when a defense attorney who does...