No. 96-667.

520 U.S. 670 (1997)

117 S.Ct. 1630

137 L.Ed.2d 935


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided May 27, 1997.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

James A. Feldman argued the cause for the United States. With him on the briefs were Acting Solicitor General Dellinger, Acting Assistant Attorney General Richard, Deputy Solicitor General Dreeben, and Patty Merkamp Stemler.

Jonathan D. Soglin, by appointment of the Court, 519 U.S. 1106, argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent.*

Rehnquist, C. J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.

Chief Justice Rehnquist delivered the opinion of the Court.

Rule 32(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure states that a district court may allow a defendant to withdraw his guilty plea before he is sentenced "if the defendant shows any fair and just reason." After the defendant in this case pleaded guilty, pursuant to a plea agreement, the District Court accepted his plea but deferred decision on whether to accept the plea agreement. The defendant then sought...

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