We recently blogged here and here about the DOJ's blatant and increasingly harsh use of leverage against pleading defendants to force their waiver of important rights attendant to the sentencing and appeal process.  A fuller treatment of this issue, and of the recently-announced change in DOJ policy intended to partially ameliorate this unfairness, is found in my article today for Law360, which may be read here.

(Alain Leibman, Esq., the author of this entry and a co-editor of this blog, is a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP, based in our Princeton, NJ office.  A former decorated federal prosecutor, he practices both criminal defense and commercial litigation in federal and state courts.)

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