Kernan v. Cuero, 138 S.Ct. 4 (2017)

An unusual case. The defendant pled guilty to the charge against him and the sentence of 14 years. Subsequently,the prosecutor amended the complaint and added an additional count. The state court permitted it although the sentence was higher. The defendant agreed to the new sentence as explained to him by the judge.

After sentencing, the defendant appealed, the district court affirmed the conviction. The Ninth Circuit reversed the state law (which permits the above process at trial court) and the U.S Supreme Court reversed.

The Justices said no Supreme Court case had held any of its precedent violated this state law or decision on the subject described above. Ninth Circuit reversed.

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