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NCJ Number: 121192 Find in a Library
Title: To What Extent Should the Prosecutors Intrude in the Sentencing Process
Journal: Justice Professional  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:(Fall 1989)  Pages:157-171
Author(s): A B Smith; H Pollack
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 15
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: There is a certain predictability and consistency about sentences imposed in a large city where the defendants plead guilty and the crime has not aroused the attention of the media. On the other hand, sentences do not follow this pattern when a defendant chooses to go to trial and the prosecutor sees an opportunity of advancing himself politically by "trying the case on television or in the newspapers."
Abstract: Three examples are given of cases which were media events and where the judges' sentences were apparently influenced by the prosecutors using the media to influence the sentencing judge or where the media itself generated the pressure on the sentencing judge. In these cases the sentences did not follow the pattern of sentences imposed in similar cases. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Courtroom proceedings broadcasting
Index Term(s): Media coverage; Sentencing factors
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