German trial in English/Jonny K und die englische Rechtssprache

Suspect pleads not guilty in fatal beating trial write The Local, opening an interesting possibility in German criminal trials, where we wondered whether you were ever asked how you plead:
The suspected ringleader of a vicious beating that left 20-year-old Jonny K dead at Berlin's central Alexanderplatz train station, pled not guilty on Monday as his trial began.
Google books shows a book called International Criminal Procedure: The Interface of Civil Law and Common Law, edited by Linda Carter and Fausto Pocar, which says:
Civil law systems also continue to favor confessions over guilty pleas. In contrast to guilty pleas, confessions are typically more detailed and do not entirely eliminate the trial process ...
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