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Judicial Participation in Plea Bargains

The US Supreme Court has reversed the decision of the Eleventh Circuit in United States v. Davila, No. 12-167. The lower court held that the judge's participation in plea bargaining voided the plea.  The Supreme Court found no prejudice.

Other cases decided today are civil, including the much-awaited gene patenting case.  Isolated, naturally occurring genes are not patentable.

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