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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Ricketts v. Adamson
Citation:483 U.S. 1 (1987)
In 1976, Donald Bolles, a reporter for the Arizona Republic, was fatally injured when a dynamite bomb exploded underneath his car. Respondent was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with Bolles’ death. In a conference with the prosecution, respondent and prosecution reached an agreement whereby respondent agreed to plead guilty to a charge of second-degree murder. Specifically, respondent agreed to testify fully and completely in any court, when requested. The agreement provided that should the defendant refuse to testify then this entire agreement is null and void and the original charge will be automatically reinstated. At trial, however, the respondent’s counsel informed the prosecutor that respondent believed his obligation to provide testimony under the agreement had terminated when he was sentenced. The State then informed respondent’s attorney that it deemed respondent to be in breach of the plea agreement.
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