Defense Bar Gives High Court Props On Plea Ruling

Law360, New York (June 13, 2013, 7:06 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday refusing to automatically bar guilty pleas influenced by judges drew applause in some corners of the white collar defense bar, with attorneys saying the decision would preserve courts’ flexibility to scrutinize pleas on a case-by-case basis.

The unanimous ruling, written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, found that if a judge exhorts a defendant to plead guilty, that plea should not automatically be vacated under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11. Instead, courts must determine whether the judicial involvement affected the...
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