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North Carolina v. Alford
United States Supreme Court
400 U.S. 25, 91 S.Ct. 160, 27 L.Ed.2d 162 (1970)
Alford (defendant) pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in order to avoid standing trial on first-degree murder, a capital offense. Alford was represented by counsel and the state had a very strong case against him. Alford testified that he was pleading guilty because of the state’s strong case but maintained that he had not committed the murder. The trial judge accepted Alford’s pleas and sentenced him to the 30-year maximum sentence. Alford sought post-conviction relief.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)
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