Plea bargains and the court system in the news lately with at least a couple District Attorney candidates trying to make the most out of Elan Firpo's prior plea made in a murder case. Yesterday's Times- Standard article points out what I've wrote before: that the justice system would grind to a halt if not for the ability to bargain charges and punishment.
The Santa Rosa Press- Democrat has a good read this morning on plea bargaining. It pretty much says the same thing. I'll admit to being a bit irked over the first one they give as an example:
A girl runs into and kills a motorcyclist. She's been cited for unlicensed driving four times prior to that. They drop the vehicular manslaughter charges in return for her dropping her right to trial and admitting to driving unlicensed. She gets a six month sentence with credit for time served.
What the....??? Then again, that's the way things often work.