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John Burkoff on Plea Agreements in Political Corruption Case

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August 17, 2011

Professor John Burkoff commented on the guilty pleas entered by aides to the former Pennsylvania Speaker of the House.  Professor Burkoff explained that with a guilty plea, the prosecution gets a certain conviction and conserves it resources for other cases.  It also usually gets cooperating witnesses it can call against the remaining defendants.  In exchange, defendants typically get lighter sentences on reduced charges.


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