What is an “Alford Plea?”
The Alford Plea seems to be the plea of choice for corrupt government officials. In this form of guilty plea, the defendant pleads guilty while maintaining a claim of innocence. Is this twisted legalese or what? Only the state can come up with this kind of convoluted nonsense.
So where did the Alford Plea come from?
The Alford guilty plea originated in the United States Supreme Court case of North Carolina v. Alford (1970), and is a form of nolo contendere; where the defendant in the case states “no contest” to the factual matter of the case.
What do you think?