Category: Plea Negotiations

How is an Alford plea different from a “no contest” plea?

Thanks to renewed interest in the case against author Michael Peterson, whose conviction for the murder of his wife was overturned, the concept of an “Alford Plea” has once again entered the public consciousness. But what exactly is an Alford plea? How does it differ from pleading “nolo contendere” (“no contest”) in court? The end […]