Alford plea

noun

Definition of Alford plea 

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: a guilty plea entered by a criminal defendant who does not admit guilt but nevertheless pleads guilty as part of a plea bargain After a lunch break, Garcia decided to enter an Alford plea in return for a reduced charge of injury by conduct regardless of life on one of the two attempted murder counts.State v. Garcia, 532 N. W.2d 111 (Wis. 1995) — see also alford doctrine , nolo contendere

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First Known Use of Alford plea

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Alford plea

after North Carolina vs. Alford, U.S. Supreme Court case (1970) that sanctioned such a plea

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