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THW abolish the practice of plea bargaining

A plea bargain is any agreement in a criminal case the prosecutor and defendant wherein the defendant agrees to plead guilty a particular charge in return for some concession from the prosecutor. This can involve defendants pleading guilty to less serious offences than those with which they are charged, or agree to plead guilty to the original charge in exchange for a more lenient sentence. The majority of cases in some jurisdictions, e.g. the United States, are settled out of court in plea bargains.

This house believes that social movements should use the courts rather than the legislature to advance social change. (e.g. marriage equality, reproductive rights, civil liberties)

THS Jury Nullification

Jury nullification is a concept where member of a trial jury find a defendant not guilty if they do not support a government law, do not believe it is constitutional or humane, or do not support a potential punishment for breaking the law. This verdict may be given in civil or criminal law. Jury nullification is legally permissible in some jurisdictions, such as the US. In other systems juries attempting to make this verdict can be held civilly or criminally liable for contempt of court.