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February 28, 2019

Yesterday, SCOTUS held in Garza v. Idaho that when a defendant’s lawyer does not file appeal on instruction of his client, because there is an appeal waiver in plea agreement, the defendant is to be presumed prejudiced for purposes of ineffective assistance of counsel...

December 26, 2018

Our latest paper on guilty plea decisions of juveniles was published in Law and Human Behavior this month. We interviewed 64 youth and 56 adults who pleaded guilty to felonies in New York City about their guilty pleas and report on the differences we found between the...

July 10, 2018

Recently the Undisclosed podcast did an episode on the obstacles to post conviction relief for individuals convicted by guilty plea. Check it out here.

February 22, 2018

A guilty plea, by itself, does not bar a federal criminal defendant from challenging the constitutionality of the statute of conviction on direct appeal.  Read more here

February 2, 2018

LEGAL UPDATE: IGNORANCE OF THE LAW CAN NO LONGER BE A DEFENSE FOR RESEARCHERS

Tina M.Zottoli, Ph.D. & Vanessa A. Edkins, Ph.D.

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