Comment: It's called a plea deal

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It's called a plea deal

In my opinion, it's because a person accepts a plea deal. They
do not want to take responsibility for what they have done so they
accept a lesser crime and pay the piper. If they were to stick it
out and actually face a jury of their peers who have read and hold
a copy of the "citizens rule book" or the bill of rights then they
most likely would either be free or handed the due sentence they
deserve. Of course, that was back in the good old days when the
constitution was actually observed and respected.