Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Prof. Murray Quoted in Thomson Reuters on Counsel for Defendants in Plea Bargaining Context
Professor JaneAnne Murray was quoted in a Thomson Reuters article on the Supreme Court ruling last week that defendants had a constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel in the context of plea bargaining, given that well over 90% of criminal cases end in a plea bargain. Murray was quoted saying, "Competent advice of counsel in the plea bargaining process is essential, but let's not scapegoat defense lawyers in a process dominated by the government's immense investigative resources and charging power." She also stated, "I hope that Frye and Lafler signal a deeper commitment on the part of the Supreme Court to scrutinize all parties' behavior and transparency in this pivotal but generally unregulated arena of the criminal justice system."