Tuesday, January 7, 2014
From the Blog of Legal Times. In part:
Federal prosecutors are fighting a request by convicted lobbyist Kevin Ring to unseal plea negotiation documents in his case.
Ring's lawyers at Miller & Chevalier in December asked a federal trial judge in Washington to unseal portions of a PowerPoint presentation prosecutors showed him before he was indicted in 2008 on corruption charges.
The defense lawyers contend the documents would bring "greater transparency to, and public scrutiny of, the daily workings of the criminal charging, plea and sentencing process." Ring's attorneys said in their petition that the information would shed light on the so-called "trial penalty"—the harm that flows from insisting on one's right to stand trial.