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Alford plea

Definition of the noun Alford plea

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  1. [US, legal] A plea in criminal court in which the defendant does not admit guilt but concedes the government has sufficient evidence to convict.


Alford plea: An Alford plea in United States law is a guilty plea in criminal court, whereby a defendant in a criminal case does not admit the criminal act and asserts innocence. In entering an Alford plea, the defendant admits that the evidence the prosecution has would be likely to persuade a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Google previewRedressing Miscarriages of Justice: Practice and Procedure in (International) Criminal Cases (2013)

2nd Revised Edition by Geert-Jan Knoops

An Alford Plea is an agreement in which the (wrongfully convicted) defen- dant pleads guilty to a lesser offense, while...

Google previewLaw Dictionary: Sixth Edition

ALFORD PLEA a guilty plea entered without a factual admission of guilt by the defendant. There must be evidence indicating actual guilt. 400 U.S. 25. It is done to accept the favorable aspects of a plea bargain rather than risk a harsher ...

Google previewWebster's New World Law Dictionary (2010)

by Jonathan Wallace, Susan Ellis Wild

Alford plea n. A guilty plea entered as part ...

Google previewDictionary of Politics (1992)

Selected American and Foreign Political and Legal Terms by Walter John Raymond

See ALFORD PLEA. Plea Bargaining. A situation whereby a person guilty of several crimes will plead guilty to a single felony in exchange for testimony against others. See PLEA. Plea of Insanity. The request that a person accused of a crime ...

Google previewThe Concise Dictionary of Crime and Justice (2015)

by Mark S. Davis

Alford plea a plea, named for the court decision, North Carolina v. Alford, where the defendant neither admits guilt nor claims innocence, but admits that the prosecution can likely prove the charge. Compare with no contest. alias a pseudonym ...

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