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plea bargain

n. in criminal procedure, a negotiation between the defendant and his attorney on one side and the prosecutor on the other, in which the defendant agrees to plead "guilty" or "no contest" to some crimes, in return for reduction of the severity of the charges, dismissal of some of the charges, the prosecutor's willingness to recommend a particular sentence, or some other benefit to the defendant. Sometimes one element of the bargain is that the defendant reveal information such as location of stolen goods, names of others participating in the crime, or admission of other crimes (such as a string of burglaries). The judge must agree to the result of the plea bargain before accepting the sentence. If he does not, then the bargain is cancelled. Reasons for the bargaining include a desire to cut down on the number of trials, danger to the defendant of a long term in prison if convicted after trial, and the ability to get information on criminal activity from the defendant. There are three dangers: a) an innocent defendant may be pressured into a confession and plea out of fear of a severe penalty if convicted; b) particularly vicious criminals will get lenient treatment and be back "on the street" in a short time; c) results in unequal treatment. Public antipathy to plea bargaining has led to some state statutes prohibiting the practice, but informal discussions can get around the ban. (See: plea, cop a plea)

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NAB approved the plea bargain request of Abdul Ghani owns 37.5 acre land of Sindh government and plea bargain request approved against of Rs2.090 billion, Hammad Shahid owns 34.25 acre land and plea bargain request approved against Rs500 million, Tariq Baig, owns 33.85 acre land and plea bargain request approved against Rs490.91 million, Muhammad Iqbal owns 32.825 acre land and plea bargain request approved against Rs470 million, Muhammad Tauseef owns 37.5 land and plea bargain request approved against Rs2.090billion, Aamir owns 40 acre land and plea bargain request approved against Rs2.23billion and Siraj Shahid owns 50 acre land and plea bargain request approved against Rs2.278 billion.
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