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United States v. Courtade
Amicus Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of Defendant-Appellant and Reversal
Argument: The Supreme Court has long held that guilty pleas are not absolute, and plea agreement appeal waivers do not foreclose a claim of actual innocence. Courtade makes a claim of actual innocence that lies beyond the scope of the plea agreement appeal waiver. Prudential consideration support permitting a collateral attack in these circumstances despite the appeal waiver.