proffer session


US law
: a meeting between a person who is a subject of a federal criminal investigation, the person's lawyer, and a prosecutor or investigator subject to the terms of a proffer letter
Proffer sessions are meetings between prosecutors and individuals who are the focus of an ongoing investigation. They are commonplace in criminal investigations. While a proffer session carries the potential to reduce or resolve a client's criminal exposure, it also presents a great deal of risk.John McCaffrey and Jon Oebker

Examples of proffer session in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As part of her plea deal, Ellis gave proffer sessions with Fulton County attorneys — confidential video interviews, portions of which were obtained by ABC News. Brady Knox, Washington Examiner, 13 Nov. 2023 The videos obtained by ABC News do not appear to depict Ellis and Powell's full proffer sessions, but rather appear to be excerpts that total nearly an hour and a half. Olivia Rubin, ABC News, 13 Nov. 2023 The interview was a proffer session, in which individuals are allowed to give statements about a crime without it being used against them in court. Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 29 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of proffer session was in 1990

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“Proffer session.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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