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Time for NY to Allow “NoLo Contendre” Pleas

Several states around the country, most notably California, Florida and Texas, permit a person charged with a crime to enter a plea of “NoLo Contendre” which is Latin for “I Do Not Contest The Matter.” This allows the accused to resolve his criminal matter by a plea bargain without admitting guilt of the crime. Its […]

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Supreme Court Highlights Importance of Effective Lawyer During Plea Bargaining

In yet another 5-4 decision today, the US Supreme Court woke up to the realization that the plea negotiation process is a central part of the criminal justice system and that the Sixth Amendment therefore requires effective lawyering during this phase of a case. Perennial swing man Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the decision in which […]