Plea Bargains & Race

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NPR's Libby Lewis reports Attorney General John Ashcroft has overturned the decision of U.S. attorneys who opted not to pursue the death penalty in several cases, and that's caused growing concern among prosecutors and defense lawyers. They say the attorney general could be jeopardizing their ability to get witness cooperation in the future. And because most of the defendants in those cases are racial or ethnic minorities, others are worried about the role race is playing in federal justice.



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