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Sentencing parity prompting more plea bargains in murder cases (access required)

In some murder trials, the only serious question for the jury is not whether the defendant is guilty of murder, but rather which degree of murder he’s guilty of—first-degree murder, the premeditated sort, or second-degree murder, which happens without any forethought. The jury’s decision on this crucial point often adds decades to, or subtracts them ...

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