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Sentencing the self-convicted, the ethics of pleading guilty, edited by Julian V. Roberts and Jesper Ryberg

This book addresses the fundamental ethical and legal aspects, penal consequences, and social context arising from a citizen's acceptance of guilt. The focus is upon sentencing people who have pleaded guilty; in short, post-adjudication, rather than issues arising from discussions in the pretrial phase of the criminal process. The vast majority of defendants across all common law jurisdictions plead guilty and as a result receive a reduced sentence. Concessions by a defendant attract more lenient State punishment in all western legal systems. The concession is significant: At a stroke, a guilty plea relieves the State of the burden of proving the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and in open court. Plea-based sentencing has become even more visible in recent years. The book provides insightful commentary on the following questions: - If an individual voluntarily accepts guilt, should the State receive this plea without further investigation or any disinterested adjudication? - Is it ethically acceptable to allow suspects and defendants, to self-convict in this manner, without independent confirmation and evidence to support a conviction? - If it is acceptable, what is the appropriate State response to such offenders? - If the defendant is detained pretrial, the ability to secure release in return for a plea may be particularly enticing. Might it be too enticing, resulting in wrongful convictions?
Table Of Contents
1. The Ethics of Pleading Guilty and the State Response to Self-convicting Offenders, Julian V Roberts (University of Oxford, UK) and Jesper Ryberg (Roskilde University, Denmark) 2. When Should We Plead Guilty? RA Duff (University of Stirling, UK) 3. Guilty Plea, Sentencing Discounts and Retributivism, Jesper Ryberg (Roskilde University, Denmark) 4. Guilty Pleas, Sentencing Reductions, and Non-punishment of the Innocent, Zachary Hoskins (University of Nottingham, UK) 5. Rewarding Virtue: An Ethical Defence of Plea-based Sentence Reductions, Julian V Roberts (University of Oxford, UK) and Netanel Dagan (Hebrew University, Israel) 6. The Limited Moral Relevance of Pleas and Verdicts, Adam Kolber (Brooklyn Law School, USA) 7. The Guilty Plea and Self-Respect, Gabrielle Watson (University of Oxford, UK) 8. Why Should Guilty Pleas Matter? Thom Brooks (Durham University, UK) 9. Victim-related Assumptions Underlying Plea-based Sentence Reductions: A Communicative and Experiential Framework, Marie Manikis (McGill University, Canada) 10. Plea-Based Sentence Reductions: Legal Assumptions and Empirical Realities, Rebecca Helm (University of Exeter, UK) 11. Plea Negotiations and Mitigation, Mike Hough (Birkbeck, University of London, UK) and Jessica Jacobson (Birkbeck, University of London, UK) 12. Guilty Pleas, Fools' Bargains and Wonderful Justice, Leo Zaibert (Union College, USA)
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (253 pages)
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