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US v. HODGES, 00-1168

A defendant's bare protestations of innocence, especially after a knowing and voluntary guilty plea in a thorough Rule 11 colloquy, is not proof of actual innocence, even if the defendant seeks to withdraw his plea immediately after entering it.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 11/06/2000
  • Decided 07/31/2001
  • Published 07/31/2001


  • WILLIAMS, Circuit Judge., Before KANNE, DIANE P. WOOD, and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellees:
  • Richard D. Westphal (argued), Office of the U.S. Atty., Rock Island, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellee., Suzanne D. Strater, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Chicago, IL, for Defendant-Appellant.
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