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Tag Archives: plea bargain

Court disbars Md. defense lawyer who compelled guilty plea (access required)

A unanimous Maryland high court has disbarred a young attorney who essentially compelled his immigrant client to plead guilty to a drug trafficking offense without investigating her credible defense of duress, considering the immigration consequences of her plea or filing ...

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High court reverses murder convictions, cites newly found evidence (access required)

Maryland’s top court on Monday unanimously overturned the murder convictions of two men, citing recently discovered evidence pointing to a different suspect and the recent disclosure of a deal investigators made with a major state witness before trial. The Court ...

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Murder suspect declines deal offered by state’s attorney (access required)

Prosecuting his first murder case since taking office, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein started by offering on the record a plea bargain with William D. Carr, accused of first-degree murder, that included a life sentence with all but ...

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Law blog roundup (access required)

Good luck with your brackets. The following items, like those brackets, are for entertainment purposes only. — What would happen if every defendant rejected a plea bargain? — Does “Obamacare” opponent’s debt hurt her case before the Supreme Court? — Judicial temperament ...

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Sandusky waives hearing, vows to fight charges

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky opted against a preliminary hearing in his child molestation case, sparing his accusers from making their claims in a packed courtroom Tuesday but still vowing, in his attorney’s words, ...

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Supreme Court weighs duty to disclose plea-deal offers

WASHINGTON  — The Supreme Court seemed reluctant Monday to allow criminals to ask for a previously offered plea bargain after they’ve been sentenced, despite the inmates’ claim of misconduct by their lawyers including neglecting to tell their clients that a deal ...

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