Plea Bargaining

Luis Negron from Hartford could face up to 30 years in prison for hit-and-run which led to the death of 80-years-old Angel Arce Torres. The case had drawn significant public attention when the video showing Torres laying injured in the street and ignored by people aired on news broadcasts. A year after the accident Torres died, and it was proved by medical examiner's office that the hit-and-run had caused his death. Negron was arrested consequently and agreed to a plea bargain even before the trial started. He confessed driving the car, hitting Torres and leaving him on the road injured thus evading responsibility. According to the plea bargain, he faces up to 12 years of imprisonment instead of 30 years that threatened him in case of trial. Negron understood that his crime was worth of much more serious punishment, so this plea bargain was a chance for him to evade fair trial and cut by half his term of imprisonment.

Plea bargain may seem an effective means of separating the guilty from the innocent as the guilty person admits his crime in exchange for a lighter sentence than he can face during trial while the innocent person never admits the act of crime he never committed. It is a simple way to identify the guilty but at the same time if there are more than one suspects in the case, plea bargain may affect the innocent suspect. Both sides are interested in testifying against each other no matter who actually is innocent, thus it is hard to separate the guilty from the innocent. That is why trials are more reliable and fair than plea bargains.

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