The Jester (the_jester1) wrote in little_details,
The Jester

Plea Bargain

For the benefit of those not familiar, I am writing a crime novel set in New York in the early-to-mid 1940s. In the part I am currently working on, my prime suspect has just been arrested, and he pleads not guilty to Murder in the First. So far he could get off on Crime of Passion.

My primary question at this time is: would a plea bargain be made on the day of the arrest? Or would a little time elapse, and if so how much? Incidentally, would the maximum penalty for first-degree murder in 1940s New York be the death penalty, or had the State of New York abolished it at the time?

Thanking you all in advance...

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