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United States v. Lopez
Citation:4 F.3d 1455 (9th Cir. 1993)
Lopez (Respondent) was charged with drug distribution in federal court, and the prosecutor met with him multiple times without counsel present to discuss plea negotiations. Lopez’s counsel had a general policy not to negotiate pleas with the government in exchange for cooperation, but when some of Lopez’s co-conspirators began negotiating pleas, Lopez asked to be included and the prosecutor met with him without his counsel’s consent. The district court granted his motion to dismiss the indictments due to prosecutorial misconduct.
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