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Plea Bargained v. Open Pleas: What the Data Reveals

Plea Bargained vs. Open Pleas: What the Data Reveal

By Alan Ellis, Esq., and Mark H. Allenbaugh, Esq.

Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11 governs guilty pleas for federal criminal defendants. This expert analysis examines the raw sentencing data published by the U.S. Sentencing Commission regarding the types of pleas defendants enter and the sentences they receive.

In particular, we examine the number and rate of pleas under agreements (whether written or oral, conditional or not) versus open pleas.

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About Alan Ellis
Alan Ellis is a criminal defense lawyer with offices in San Francisco and New York, with 50 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, law professor and federal law clerk. He is a nationally recognized authority in the fields of federal plea bargaining, sentencing, prison matters, appeals, habeas corpus 2255 motions and international criminal law.

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