In a January 26th issue of the Washington Post, It brings to light some of the issues that plea bargaining has. The Article titled, Iraq will take legal action to ensure justice for civilians killed in US raid, official says, talks mainly about the killing of 24 civilians in a United States Marine Corps raid. While, yes, there is collateral damage in war, this Marine squad was on a killing spree but the leader is no longer going to be even jail time for this atrocity. What this shows about plea bargains is, first that they don't provide justice. Second that people view them as an easy way out, and lastly that people are becoming less afraid of committing theses crimes as seen in the Iraq slaughter.
My main issue withe plea bargaining, in view of recent events, is that people are not being punished for their actions. 24 people were killed!!! In the US we call that manslaughter, but what is not being emphasized is that the squad leader, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, is no longer going to be receiving jail time for allowing his troops to kill innocent civilians. Even the government of Iraq was outraged when they heard the news, and now want to prosecute the squad in Iraq. If a US implemented policy regarding legal action of a mass murder results in a plea deal of now jail time justice is being violated. We cant allow that happen as leaders in the world of justice, and this is a major flaw in the US legal system and should be abolished.