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Ep. 33 Why Plea Deals Are a Gross Miscarriage of Justice

Bob goes solo to explain why the common practice of “offering a plea deal” is a horrible practice, which gives us little reason to trust that those convicted are actually guilty of the crimes to which they confess.
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About the author, Robert

Christian and economist, Chief Economist at infineo, and Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute.


  1. JoeTheAustrian on 05/17/2019 at 8:21 PM

    I am ashamed that Bob got through 33 episodes before I realized that he had his own show, though on the plus side I can binge the 32 episodes that I’ve missed. Thanks Bob!

    • Robert Murphy on 05/17/2019 at 11:36 PM

      heh great!

    • Clayton Soultz on 05/21/2019 at 12:01 PM

      Follow his blog, consultingbyrpm. There’s lots of good stuff there, and it’s how I keep up with new episodes!

  2. Potpourri on 05/20/2019 at 4:55 PM

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  3. John Mann on 05/28/2019 at 2:06 PM

    Good episode.

    What is interesting is that just before finding and listening to it, I was reading Craig Murray, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, in Consortium news, and he described plea deals as “blackmail”:

    “It is worth remembering that none of the charges against Americans arising from the Mueller inquiry have anything to do with Russian collusion or Trump-WikiLeaks collusion, which simply do not exist. The charges all relate to entirely extraneous matters dug up, under the extraordinary U.S. system of “justice,” to try to blackmail those charged with unrelated crimes turned up by the investigation, into fabricating evidence of Russian collusion. The official term for this process of blackmail is of course “plea-bargaining.””

    He’s right, of course. Blackmail is exactly what it is.

  4. […] first part of the podcast is devoted to a discussion about plea bargains. Bob had put out a podcast in May that laid out his view that plea bargains are inherently corrupt, and I wrote him to challenge him […]

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