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103 Iowa L. Rev. Online 1 (2018-2019)

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    Getting Clamorous About the Silence

                           Penalty

                         Mark W. Bennett *


I.    INTRODUCTION   .............................................. 2

II.   THE SILENCE PENALTY              ........................................ 2

III.  THE PRIOR OFFENDER PENALTY.................................. 3

IV.   THE PARALLEL PENALTY.     ............... ....................... 4

V.    A CRITIQUE OF PROFESSOR BELLIN'S IMPLICATIONS AND
      CONCLUSION       ................................................. 6
      A.  DEFENDANTs SHOULD TSTIFY MORE.  ........................ 6
      B.  THE INFLUENCE OF LEGAL DOCTRINES GOVERNING
          T STIMONY.........................    ...................... 7
      C.  DISTORTIONS OFJURYFACTFIADING...........  ............... 7
      D.  INcENTIVIZING GuLTY PLEAS AND EXACERBATING
          DISCRIMINATORY IAPACTS................8.............8

VI.   AN OVERLOOKED ISSUE IN THE SILFEE PENALTY...   ............. 8

VII.  REFORM SUGGESTIONS               ........................................ 9
      A.  INTRODUCTION               ...........................................9
      B.  REFORM[NG THE SILENCE PENALTY.......................... 9
      C.  REFORM[NG THE PRIOR OFFENDER PENALTY...  ............... 10

VIII. CONCLUSION       ............................................... 13


      Mark W. Bennett is in his 23rd year as a United States District Judge for the Northern
District of Iowa.

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