Supreme Court To Review Judicial Interference In Plea Talks

Law360, New York (January 4, 2013, 7:52 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the federal government's appeal of an Eleventh Circuit ruling demanding that guilty pleas be tossed if the presiding judge plays a part in plea deal talks, even if the judicial participation does not prejudice the defendant.

The high court will review the Eleventh Circuit's 2011 opinion in U.S. v. Davila, a decision in a criminal tax fraud case remanding the guilty plea of defendant Anthony Davila after the appeals court found that U.S. magistrate judge overseeing the...
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