Federal Judge Refuses To Accept Plea Agreements

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http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/6338065.htm The chief federal judge in Charlotte, N.C., has stopped accepting virtually all plea agreements, a move the Charlotte Observer says could dramatically slow prosecutions of bank robbers, drug dealers and white-collar criminals. Judge Graham Mullen's new policy affects plea agreements that force criminals to give up their right to appeal. Those account for almost all plea agreements in federal courts in Charlotte and the Western District of North Carolina. Mullen called such agreements "unconscionable." Noting . . .

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