Friday, April 20, 2007

No thanks

As posted yesterday, Louis Robles was supposed to plead guilty this morning in front of Judge Gold. The parties had agreed to 10 years in prison.

Well, not so fast. Judge Gold did not accept the deal today and rescheduled it in a month. Judge Gold has rejected plea agreements before, notably in the Al Gutman case.

At last week's symposium on ethics at the University of Miami, there was a panel discussion with 5 judges who were asked if they ever rejected agreed to pleas. They all responded that they did not. Should judges reject plea agreements? Comments?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Story on the Review's Web site....

http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/news.html?news_id=42944

Anonymous said...

Lets hope Judge Gold gives him 15 years and orders 13 million in restitution.

Rumpole said...

First Miami is the trial capital of the country...now its the plea and rejected plea capital.

Here's the real question- how much would it take for you to consider stealing if there was a 50/50 chance of getting away with it, and the downside is ten years?

I think 20 million is my starting point.

Spicoli said...

I'll fold to you on that hand Rump. Keep the 50 million and race to the river. I'm outta this pot.

Jacob said...
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Sentinel said...

Forgive me if I misspeak for I am new to the law and a greenhorn at best in the federal arena. However, the Court has discretion to offer pleas at least in the State court and while the inverse is not necessarily true, it seems there is little reason militating against the Court rejecting plea, purportedly in the interest of justice.

Anonymous said...

It is a dangerous precedent for the Court to Reject plea deals, particularly with written plea deals. The Court is simply not in the best position to override the often hard fought deals reached by the Governmnet and Defense. Judge Gold is a superb Jurist, but I fear he may be wrong.

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