June 29, 2013

Plea-agreement, death-penalty opinions filing Monday

On Monday morning, the Supreme Court will file two criminal law opinions.

In Doe v. Harris, argued in April, the court has agreed to answer the Ninth Circuit’s question, as rephrased, whether, under California law of contract interpretation as applicable to the interpretation of plea agreements, the law in effect at the time of a plea agreement binds the parties or whether the terms of a plea agreement can be affected by changes in the law.

In People v. Nunez and Satele, also argued in April, the court will decide an automatic appeal from two September 2000 judgments of death.

The opinions can be viewed online Monday beginning at 10:00 a.m.

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