Malcolm M. Feeley,
Pleading Guilty in Lower Courts, 13
Law & Soc'y Rev.
Available at: http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/facpubs/139
Examined is the practice of pleading guilty to petty offenses in lower courts & questioned are some of the long-standing assumptions about the dynamics of that process. It is shown that though plea bargaining of the classical type rarely occurs, the term itself & certain aspects of bargaining continue to serve important symbolic functions. Modified Author Summary.