Professional Custom Accounting Papers: Should the prosecutor offer a plea deal to the defendant?A detective from the sex offense unit informs the prosecutor that the victim of this sexual assault will not come to court to face her attacker. Of course the criminal charges are the “People of the State of ___ vs.—-Defendant–” so technically the victim is just a witness. In this case however, the sexual assault is rape and the defense is going to argue that there was no rape since the “victim” consented to the event. The prosecutor could subpoena the victim and force her testimony, but she knows that reluctant victims make terrible case witnesses. Should the prosecutor offer a plea deal to the defendant?
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