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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Lee
Henderson v. Morgan
Citation:426 U.S. 637 (1976)
Morgan (Respondent) was indicted for first-degree murder and was deemed competent to stand trial. However, his lawyers negotiated a plea agreement in which Morgan would plead guilty to the lesser offense of second-degree murder. Morgan agreed and entered a plea of guilty to second-degree murder, stating that he was entering the plea upon the advice of his attorneys. He appealed his guilty plea, arguing that it was not valid because he had not been informed that intent to cause the death of his victim was an element of the offense.
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