Turner v. United States

Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner (on petition for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit)

Brief filed: 08/23/2018


Turner v. United States

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 18-106

Prior Decision

885 F.3d 949 (6th Cir. Mar. 23, 2018)


The primary question presented is exceptionally important. Criminal defendants require assistance of counsel during plea negotiations. The frequency of pre-indictment plea-bargaining is increasing. Charge-bargaining is a unique feature of pre-indictment negotiations. Pre-indictment plea bargains carry severe collateral consequences. The Sixth Circuit’s rule raises practical concerns apart from plea deals. The Sixth Circuit’s decision conflicts with this Court’s Sixth Amendment Jurisprudence. 


Jeffrey T. Green, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, DC; Collin P. Wedel, Andrew B. Talai, and Benjamin G. Barokh, Sidley Austin LLP, Los Angeles, CA; David M. Porter, NACDL, Washington, DC

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