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Learning Objectives

  1. List and explain the types of plea-bargaining arrangements.

  2. Discuss Neubauer’s three issues that guide plea bargaining.

  3. Critique arguments for the abolition of plea bargaining.

  4. List the steps of the trial process.

  5. Summarize the steps of the pretrial phase.

  6. Explain some important pretrial motions.

  7. Outline several provisions in the Bill of Rights that speak directly to the rights of defendants in criminal trials.

  8. Define indeterminate sentencing and give an example.

  9. Define determinate sentencing and give an example.

  10. Differentiate mandatory minimum sentencing from sentencing guidelines.

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