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Criminal Procedure keyed to Weinreb
Bordenkircher v. Hayes
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Respondent, Hayes, was charged with forgery of a check, I the amount of $88.30, an offense which carried a two-to-ten year prison sentence. During plea negotiations, the prosecutor offered to pursue a five year sentence if Hayes would plead guilty. The prosecutor also made it clear that, if Hayes did not, he would seek indictment under the Kentucky Habitual Crime Act because Hayes had two prior felony convictions on his record. Hayes chose not to plead, was found guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. The Kentycky Court of Appeals rejected Hayes objections and he took habeas corpus to the District Court. The Sixth Circuit court of appeals reversed on the ground that the prosecutor’s conduct was vindictive.
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