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Landmark Case

Case Name: NC v ALFORD

1970 NC
400 US 25, 91 S.Ct.. 160
US SUPREME COURT

Trial judge may accept a guilty plea from a competent defendant, even if Defendant continues to say he was innocent. Guilty plea was not "compelled" just because Defendant faced death penalty; was a logical choice for him. Afford was Black man charged with murder of White man, all-white jury.