Analysis

Sessions Memo Could Create Friction In Plea Negotiations

Law360, New York (May 17, 2017, 9:59 PM EDT) -- Most criminal cases end in plea deals, many after long and intense negotiations — a process that sometimes hits road bumps and may see more after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told federal prosecutors last week to pursue the "most serious, readily provable offense."

It remains to be seen whether Sessions' memo last week rescinding guidance from the Obama administration to avoid the harshest charges and penalties for low-level crimes, and instead instructing prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges available, will make it harder for prosecutors to...
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