Sentencing Shift Gives New Leverage to Prosecutors

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Sentencing Shift Gives New Leverage to Prosecutors

By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.

Empowered by years of tough sentencing-law changes in state legislatures and Congress, prosecutors have more muscle to extract guilty pleas from defendants and avoid trial.

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