University of Pittsburgh

David Harris on Guilty Plea of Woman Connected with Convicted Swindler Michael Carlow

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August 28, 2011

Professor David Harris commented on the upcoming guilty plea of Elizabeth Jones, housemate of Michael Carlow.  Carlow, convicted in the past of a major financial fraud, will go on trial soon for another alleged swindle, and Jones' guilty plea raises the prospect that she may testify against him.  According to Professor Harris, a plea agreement often includes a condition that the pleading party act as a witness against others in the case.  Even if this is not a condition, the person who pleads guilty may still be subpoenaed for trial, and would likely have no Fifth Amendment protection after a plea


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