University of Pittsburgh

John Burkoff on Guilty Plea In Torture Killing

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August 22, 2012

In a case involving a grisly torture/murder of a developmentally disabled woman, defendant Melvin Knight has pleaded guiltly.  In cases like these in which the defendant pleads guilty, the strategy is designed to help the defendant avoid the death penalty.  But according to Professor Burkoff, this doesn't usually work. "The jury may give the person some credit for, 'Hey, he owned up to it,' but they also realize, 'Hey, he still did it.'" 


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