A recent investigation from the San Diego Union-Tribune found that the San Diego County District Attorney wants to prevent appeals after a plea deal, even if laws change.
Prosecutors in San Diego will require that any sentence imposed as part of a plea bargain remain in effect; defendants may not be able to seek a lesser sentence even if the state legislature or courts change laws which may allow for reduced sentencing. A waiver obtained by the publication states that defendants are not allowed to pursue any new benefits that could be available for them in the future once the plea deal is locked down.
A plea deal is a sentencing offer to the defendant in order “to avoid trial and perhaps reduce his exposure to a more lengthy sentence,” according to the Department of Justice. Assistant District Attorney David Greenberg told the publication the new…
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