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public’s trust in the courts. If there is a highly sensitive case that the defendant does not want publicized (e.g., sexual abuse allegations, mental health concerns, etc.), the defense can still protect those details by not outlining medical records or asking to place those documents under seal. Doing so would still allow a transpar- ent record on a plea agreement as well as

foster public trust of the criminal justice system. Additionally, having transparent plea negotiations will force attorneys to focus only on the merits (or lack thereof ) of the case. If the defense wants to mitigate its case or if the prosecution wants to pursue its charges, facts will need to be put on the record. Justice Donnelly believes that LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION Notice of Grant Funds Available for Calendar Year 2022

by conducting plea negotiations on the record, each party’s position will focus on the established facts of the case, thereby creating accountability for everyone in the process, including the judge. This, in turn, will restore the public’s confidence in the criminal justice system.

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