United States v. Davila
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Apr 15, 2013
|Jun 13, 2013||9-0||Ginsburg||OT 2012|
Holding: When a federal judge participates in plea negotiations, contrary to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11(c),the defendant's guilty plea does not need to be vacated if there is no evidence in the record of prejudice to the defendant’s decision to plead guilty.
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Judgment: Vacated and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Ginsburg on June 13, 2013. Justice Scalia filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which Justice Thomas joined.
- Opinion analysis: Court rules unanimously that federal judicial participation in guilty pleas is subject to harmless error review (Rory Little)
- Details on United States v. Davila (Amy Howe)
- Argument recap: Nothing surprising except who sits where (Rory Little)
- Should judicial participation in plea discussions be automatically reversible? “No pressure” if the Justices stick to the Question Presented (Rory Little)
- Three cases granted (Lyle Denniston)