Improper involvement by a judge in plea bargaining doesn't automatically mean a guilty plea must be tossed out, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. The high court called remarks by a federal magistrate judge who handled the federal tax fraud case "beyond the pale." But it added that the Eleventh Circuit should have considered, before tossing the conviction, whether the remarks actually led the defendant to plead guilty.
Judge's Remarks Didn't Necessarily Poison Plea Bargain
The National Law Journal
June 13, 2013