Judicial and Crime Victim Scrutiny of Binding Plea Agreements

, New York Law Journal


Steven M. Witzel, a partner of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, writes: Binding plea agreements can serve as a means to provide some certainty in post-'Booker' sentencing. As such, the manner in which courts review such agreements and permit victims to voice their objections and have input will effect how prosecutors, defense counsel, and defendants approach plea bargaining.

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