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George S.

New member
Is it normal for a Judge to suggest a bench trial to the defendants Lawyers in criminal case? And why would a Judge suggest to the defendants Lawyers to opt for a bench trial instead of a jury trial?
 


doucar

Junior Member
Why wouldn't it be "normal" (what ever that means)? As to why, it would depend upon the facts known and circumstances to the judge at the time. Maybe just to save money?
 

Mass_Shyster

Senior Member
Depending on the case, it could be a signal from the judge that he or she believes that the government cannot prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Or it could be an unethical judge who wants the chance to send the defendant to jail, and doesn't want some jury to have the opportunity to find the defendant not guilty.
 

quincy

Senior Member
Is it normal for a Judge to suggest a bench trial to the defendants Lawyers in criminal case? And why would a Judge suggest to the defendants Lawyers to opt for a bench trial instead of a jury trial?
Do you have a reason for asking these questions, George S?

I would think it unusual for a judge to suggest to a defense attorney how best to handle his client's defense.
 
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