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8th Circuit decides N.D. case: July 20 Wednesday, July 20, 2022

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has issued an opinion in a North Dakota case.

In United States v. Schneider the court held that the defendant did not waive his right to appeal his Rule 11 issue; because defendant did not object before the district court, his Rule 11 issue is subject to plain error review; the court's comments at the first change of plea hearing to the effect that it would sentence defendant at a particular range was plain error under U.S. v. Thompson, 770 F.3d 689 (8th Cir. 2014) because it was the type of participation in the plea negotiations prohibited by Rule 11; because defendant repeatedly acknowledged at the second change of plea hearing that the district court could impose a life sentence despite its comments at the first hearing, he failed to show a reasonable probability that he would not have pled guilty but for those comments; the particular facts and circumstances of the entire record do not show that the Rule violation affected defendant's substantial rights, and the district court's judgment is affirmed.

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