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Are the results of plea hearings in criminal cases public information?

Asked by SuperMouse (30733 points ) February 22nd, 2013

If there is a hearing in a criminal case with the event titled “plea” does that mean the defendant is entering a plea? Is how the defendant plead public information? If it is public information how can I obtain it?

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This is really a question for your county courthouse.

I searched the courthouse website in my area and found a list of current cases, but it did not lay out what the defendant pled. If it says “plea”, that could mean a plea has been entered or plea bargaining is in process. If the case was over, it would probably say “dismissed”, “vacated”, etc. but then again, these things vary by state.

Federal cases are public, but states handle their own case procedure.

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