Alford doctrine

noun
Al·ford doctrine | \ ˈal-fərd- \

Definition of Alford doctrine 

law

: a legal doctrine under which a criminal defendant who does not admit guilt is allowed to plead guilty as part of a plea bargain provided the plea is made voluntarily and with knowledge of the consequences The Alford doctrine provides that a court may accept a knowing and voluntary plea of guilty from a defendant, even though the defendant maintains his innocence, provided the trial judge determines that there is a factual basis for the plea.Crofoot v. United States, 761 F. 2d 661 (Fed. Cir. 1985) — see also alford plea

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First Known Use of Alford doctrine

1994, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Alford doctrine

after North Carolina vs. Alford, U.S. Supreme Court case (1970) that resulted in the doctrine

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