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The Plea Film Analysis

The Plea is a 2004 film that tells the story of how pleas are often misused and how pervasive plea deals are. However, the supporters of the plea argue that taking a plea reduces the cost and time required. Court systems will collapse if all the cases go in front of a Judge or Jury. A number of people consider that this push to resolve cases jeopardizes the rights of the defendant, who may admit guilt whether they are guilty or not.

The case of Erma Faye Stewart, represented in the film, explains the miscarriage of justice. Erma was arrested, along with the other 26, because of being told by an informant that she was involved in a drug cartel. Cases of drugs come under felony crimes. These are the most serious crimes. The sentence for these crimes is more than ten years, and in the case of Erma, the sentence would be more than ten years. Previous records of Erma depicted that she is a responsible woman and has never been involved in any criminal activity. She had two kids at home, and there was no one else other than her who would look after them. She agreed to take a plea for the crime she had never committed. According to this plea, she would be on parole for ten years. Erma lost her constitutional rights, but the advantage she had was she would be at home with her kids, which was one of the main reasons for her to admit that she had committed a crime. She was essentially left destitute.

Other examples of a similar nature were the cases of Patsy Kelly Jarret, Kerry Max Cook, and Charles Gampero Jr. In all of these cases, they were not guilty, but just to avoid going to prison, they took pleas and committed crimes they never committed. However, they did not know the consequences of taking a plea that results that until their parole, they are ineligible for federal education assistance and food stamps.



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