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Plea vacated; defendant didn’t understand elements of offense (access required)

A defendant who pleaded guilty to two firearms charges did not understand the essential elements of the offense to which he pleaded. Because the district court accepted the plea without giving the defendant notice of an element of the offense, as required by the Supreme Court, its error was structural and the plea was vacated. Background Michael ...