According to him, most defendants impair their convictions when they seek fair trail of a case.
In most cases, the fear of a penalty associated with challenging one’s case at a court motivates the legal counsel to plead guilty on behalf of the defendant in order to reduce the sentence or have a moderate conviction.
However, Professor Kwaku Azar asserted in a Facebook post that no defendant should be penalized for exercising his legal right for fair hearing.
In addition, Professor Kwaku Azar stipulated that the defendants should be aware of the sentence they will get if they plead guilty. This is because prisons should be reserved for hard core criminals.
Moreover, he proposed that Ghana’s legal system should adopt a mechanisms that will make a defendant changes his plea when the judge goes beyond the agreed sentence of pleading guilty.
“Nobody should plead guilty to any offense unless they know for sure what sentence will be imposed. This sentencing is normally part of the negotiations that should go on between the defendant and the prosecutor as part of the plea agreement”, he said.
He wrote this on his Facebook page today.
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