Mo. AG Taking Plea Bargain Case Before High Court
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is taking a case to the U.S. Supreme Court about how plea bargains should work for criminal defendants. Koster was scheduled to argue a case Monday before the nation's high court involving Galin Edward Frye, who had been charged with driving while his license was revoked.
Frye's defense attorney failed to inform him of a plea deal offered by prosecutors. Frye was later arrested again for driving on a revoked license and pleaded guilty without knowing about the previous plea offer. He was sentenced to three years in prison. A Missouri appeals court ruled that Frye's lawyer should have told him about the previous plea offer. Koster argues that Frye should not be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea.