plea bargaining

noun
plea bar·​gain·​ing | \ ˈplē-ˌbär-gə-niŋ How to pronounce plea bargaining (audio) \

Definition of plea bargaining

: the negotiation of an agreement between a prosecutor and a defendant whereby the defendant is permitted to plead guilty to a reduced charge

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Other Words from plea bargaining

plea-bargain \ ˈplē-​ˌbär-​gən How to pronounce plea-bargain (audio) \ intransitive verb
plea bargain noun

Examples of plea bargaining in a Sentence

As a result of plea bargaining, he would not be sentenced to death.
Recent Examples on the Web That's the whole problem with plea bargaining [charges] down. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Jeffrey Epstein Got Away With It for So Long," 1 Oct. 2019 To other legal observers, the round of charges is a routine part of plea bargaining that is drawing attention because of the high-profile nature of a scandal that has drawn nationwide attention. BostonGlobe.com, "To other legal observers, the round of charges is a routine part of plea bargaining that is drawing attention because of the high-profile nature of a scandal that has drawn nationwide attention.," 26 Oct. 2019 Although many of its critics are self-interested, others worry about the prosecutors’ use of preventive detention and plea bargaining. The Economist, "Brazil’s Lava Jato corruption investigation could self-destruct," 15 June 2019 Many guilty pleas are the result of plea bargaining. Angela Roberts, Lindsay Huth, Alex Mann, Washington Post, "Plea deals punish the innocent in Baltimore police scandal," 9 June 2018 The crackdown has been enabled by better-trained and more independent prosecutors, as well as legal changes like the use of plea bargaining, former U.S. and Latin American officials say. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Argentine Police Raid Homes of Ex-President Cristina Kirchner in Graft Probe," 23 Aug. 2018 The law does not provide for what the American law provides, plea bargaining and all that. Tom Wright, WSJ, "Jho Low, Alleged Ringleader in 1MDB Scandal, Sought Deal With Malaysia but Was Rejected," 14 June 2018 Stamina Founder Davide Vannoni was convicted of criminal conspiracy after plea bargaining in 2015 and is now under investigation again. Luca Tancredi Barone, Science | AAAS, "Italy’s new prime minister defended discredited stem cell therapy," 24 May 2018 Criminal trials have also fallen off, due to plea bargaining and the great expense of going to court. Edward D. Mccarthy, BostonGlobe.com, "The case of the vanishing trial lawyer, and why it matters to all of us," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of plea bargaining

1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Plea bargaining.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plea%20bargaining. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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plea bargaining

noun
How to pronounce plea bargaining (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of plea bargaining

: a process in which a person who is accused of a crime is allowed to say that he or she is guilty of a less serious crime in order to be given a less severe punishment

plea bargaining

noun

Legal Definition of plea bargaining

: the negotiation of an agreement between the prosecution and the defense whereby the defendant pleads guilty to a lesser offense or to one or some of multiple offenses usually in exchange for more lenient sentencing recommendations, a specific sentence, or dismissal of other charges

Other Words from plea bargaining

plea-bargain intransitive verb
plea bargain noun

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