“These guidelines were written with a sensible vagueness,” said Doug Berman, a law professor at Ohio State University.
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"There is absolutely no doubt that defendants who plead guilty get a benefit from prosecutors and the judge, but it does seem pretty dramatic here," said Doug Berman, a sentencing analyst and law professor at Ohio State University.
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