Brief filed: 08/23/2018
Turner v. United States
United States Supreme Court; Case No. 18-106
885 F.3d 949 (6th Cir. Mar. 23, 2018)
The primary question presented is exceptionally important. Criminal defendants require assistance of counsel during plea negotiations. The frequency of pre-indictment plea-bargaining is increasing. Charge-bargaining is a unique feature of pre-indictment negotiations. Pre-indictment plea bargains carry severe collateral consequences. The Sixth Circuit’s rule raises practical concerns apart from plea deals. The Sixth Circuit’s decision conflicts with this Court’s Sixth Amendment Jurisprudence.
Jeffrey T. Green, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, DC; Collin P. Wedel, Andrew B. Talai, and Benjamin G. Barokh, Sidley Austin LLP, Los Angeles, CA; David M. Porter, NACDL, Washington, DC