Use of Leading Questions in Guilty Pleas (10-01)

QUESTION: Should judges accept a factual basis for a plea of guilty based on the common practice of asking defendants a series of leading questions, without the defendant ever stating in his own words what happened?


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2 responses to “Use of Leading Questions in Guilty Pleas (10-01)

  1. The great majority of all defendants against whom indictments or informations are filed in the federal courts plead guilty. Only a comparatively small number go to trial.


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