Tuesday, November 05, 2013 10:33 am
High court reinstates lengthy prison term in Mich.
The Associated Press
The court, in its first opinion of the term Tuesday, unanimously reversed a federal appeals court that found that Vonlee Titlow received bad advice from a lawyer who counseled her to withdraw an agreement to plead guilty to a less serious offense with a 15-year maximum prison term.
Under the aborted plea deal, Titlow also would have testified against her aunt. Without Titlow's testimony, the aunt was acquitted. A jury then convicted Titlow.
Justice Samuel Alito said for the court that the lawyer advised going to trial only after Titlow proclaimed her innocence.