COFIELD v. UNITED STATES

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United States Supreme Court

COFIELD v. UNITED STATES, (1959)

No. 677

Argued:     Decided: June 22, 1959

Certiorari granted; sentence vacated; and cause remanded with instructions to allow petitioner to withdraw his plea of guilty and plead anew.

Reported below: 263 F.2d 686.

William F. McKenna for petitioner.

Solicitor General Rankin, Assistant Attorney General Wilkey and Beatrice Rosenberg for the United States.

PER CURIAM.

In view of all the circumstances under which this defendant entered a plea of guilty and the plea was accepted, the petition is granted and the sentence is vacated and the cause remanded with instructions to allow petitioner to withdraw his plea of guilty and plead anew.

MR. JUSTICE CLARK and MR. JUSTICE HARLAN dissent, believing that this case should not be disposed of without plenary consideration. [360 U.S. 472, 473]  

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