Thea Johnson on Fictional Pleas

Thu Nov 08 2018 (31:21)

In this episode, Thea Johnson, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law, discusses her excellent article "Fictional Pleas," which will appear in the Indiana Law Journal. Johnson defines a "fictional plea" as when a criminal defendant agrees to plead guilty to a crime that never actually happened. Among other things, she explains why a defendant would agree to a fictional plea, and what they tell us about criminal punishment and the criminal justice system.