TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Oct 15, 2014

The Justice Department says federal defendants who plead guilty will no longer have to give up their right to future claims that they had bad lawyers, the Daily Times reports from the Associated Press. In a directive announced yesterday, the department says federal attorneys across the country must no longer ask defendants entering guilty pleas to waive future claims of ineffective counsel. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that the new policy is intended to "bring our system of justice closer in line with our most fundamental values and highest ideals."