Justices Debate Limits On Judges' Role In Plea Talks

Law360, Washington (April 15, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT) -- The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday wrestled with the question of whether a defendant's guilty plea should always be tossed when a judge participates in plea talks, noting that while such participation may prejudice defendants, a blanket rule could unduly rein in judges.

The high court agreed to hear the federal government's appeal of a 2011 decision by the Eleventh Circuit vacating Anthony Davila's guilty plea in a tax fraud case after the appeals court concluded that a magistrate judge in the case...
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