Tue, Apr. 04, 2006

No Deal

.   Is there a German word for the plea bargain? Transblawg researched and found an appropriate term offered by Prof. Herberger in a recent overview of the German law on plea agreements for criminal proceedings: Mauschelverfahren. Considering that the German criminal codes do not provide for plea agreements but criminal practice has evolved to recognize the sense of such undertakings, Herberger's suggestion is perfect.

The term deal has become common in German legal usage, however, to denote a criminal accommodation. So, if a tourist, especially a lawyer, from a German-speaking country arrested in the United States should inquire about a deal, don't simply assume he offers a bribe, a drug transaction or a corporate proposition.


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