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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

W. Scott Rose Argues Case Before Missouri Supreme Court

Saint Louis criminal defense lawyer W. Scott Rose argued the case of State ex rel. Delf v. Missey before the Missouri Supreme Court today, January 18, 2017.  Mr. Rose seeks a writ of mandamus compelling the Circuit Court of Jefferson County to honor the terms of a binding plea agreement without modification or allow his client to stand trial.  Mr. Rose had successfully negotiated a binding plea agreement that called for probation.  However, the Circuit Court sentenced his client to 120 days of jail time and prohibited her from working in her field of choice.  Mr. Rose contends that the Circuit Court’s actions violate the Missouri Rules of Criminal Procedure and the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Santobello v. New York (1971)

“I am extremely grateful to have had the privilege of arguing a case before Missouri’s highest court, and I look forward to a favorable outcome for my client,” Mr. Rose said.  “When defendants surrender their constitutional right to a trial on the basis of a binding, written plea agreement that calls for probation, prosecutors and judges should stand by their word and honor that plea agreement.  To do otherwise, without allowing the defendant to withdraw her plea and stand trial, constitutes a bait and switch.”  The briefs and a link to the oral arguments can be found on the Missouri Supreme Court’s website.  

W. Scott Rose of Rose Legal Services, LLC, is pleased to accept referrals for other Missouri criminal cases on appeal.  For a free initial consultation, call St. Louis criminal defense attorney W. Scott Rose at (314) 462-0200. 

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