High Court Won't Bar Guilty Pleas Tainted By Judges

Law360, New York (June 13, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a defendant's guilty plea should not automatically be tossed when a judge participates in plea talks, reversing a controversial Eleventh Circuit decision and striking a blow to the white collar defense bar.

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 Rule 11. Instead, courts must determine on a case-by-case basis whether the judicial involvement...
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