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No deal: What do you do when a judge won’t take a plea agreement? (access required)

It doesn’t happen too often, but it happens. A judge turns thumbs down on a plea agreement carefully worked out between a criminal defendant and the commonwealth’s attorney’s office. What transpires next may depend on the lawyers and the judges involved, but it’s far from certain that the plea deal is dead. In many cases, lawyers said, ...

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  1. To convey my sentiments in a simple analogy, approaching a successive judge with the same plea agreement previously rejected by another is not unlike a child running to its mother or father with a request previously rejected by the other parent. I believe the act displays a degree of contempt and disrespect for the first judge’s ruling, his/her court, and the judicial system as a whole.

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