Guilty Plea's Constitutional Consequence Heads To High Court

By Daniel Wenner and Danielle Corcione, Day Pitney LLP (May 12, 2017, 11:41 AM EDT) -- Federal criminal prosecutions almost always result in guilty pleas.[1] When faced with the likelihood of an expensive and lengthy trial and, perhaps, a longer sentence for exercising the trial right, see Missouri v. Frye, 566 U.S. 133, 144 (2012), defendants often make what is the sensible choice: they plead guilty. The U.S. Supreme Court recognizes this reality and has emphasized the importance of prudent and sage counsel in the plea-bargaining process. Id. at 143....

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