Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Fourth Circuit overturns guilty pleas as involuntary due to judge's excessive role

In U.S. v. Bradley, the Fourth Circuit in an opinion by Judge Motz, joined by Judges Gregory and Duncan, reversed the convictions entered on the guilty pleas of three defendants, concluding that the trial judge stepped over the line in encouraging the defendants to plead and therefore the pleas were involuntary.

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