Judge's Comments Can Override Written Plea Deal: 3rd Circ.

Law360, New York (February 24, 2012, 9:33 PM EST) -- The Third Circuit said Friday a judge's oral explanation of a plea deal in court can override a written version of the agreement, overturning former GoInternet.net Inc. CEO Neal Saferstein's 23-year fraud sentence even after prosecutors said he signed away his right to appeal.

Accused of participating in a fraudulent scheme that added $74 million in spurious GoInternet service charges to various businesses' phone bills, Saferstein pled guilty in 2009 to four federal charges. He signed a plea agreement waiving most rights to appeal, though the...
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