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  • n. An agreement in which a defendant agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge instead of not guilty to a greater one

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (criminal law) a negotiation in which the defendant agrees to enter a plea of guilty to a lesser charge and the prosecutor agrees to drop a more serious charge


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  • The various agencies who're interested in Howie Tso will look favorably on a plea bargain in exchange for getting something on you that'll stick. "

    Till the Butchers Cut Him Down

  • For a moment she regretted the state attorney’s decision to reject the plea bargain Garcia’s lawyers had offered.

    In His Own Defense

  • I finally graduated from law school in 1993 — at the age of twenty-eight and near the bottom of my class — and, while I waited to take the bar exam, got a job working with Max Gerroux, Dr. Stanton's best friend, a former liberal appeals-court judge who'd given up the bench as part of an elaborate plea bargain over the butt of a joint that a state trooper saw in his car ashtray one day, a plea bargain that allowed him to continue practicing law and smoking joints.

    Land of the Blind


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