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Prison terms handed down in lay judge trials this year conformed on average to 79 percent of prosecutors’ demands, a level considered “standard” in judge-only trials.

But despite the average, an inconsistent pattern was seen in sentencing, with 20 of the 110 defendants who were imprisoned receiving a term equivalent to 90 percent or more of that demanded by prosecutors, while six were sentenced to terms equivalent to 50 percent or less.

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