Definition of Alford plea in English:

Alford plea

noun

US
Law
  • A guilty plea in which a defendant maintains their innocence but admits that the prosecution's evidence would likely result in a guilty verdict if brought to trial.

    ‘he entered an Alford plea to three counts of second-degree reckless injury’

Origin

1970s: from the name of Henry C. Alford, appellant in the US Supreme Court case of North Carolina v. Alford (1970), which ruled that such a plea was valid.

Pronunciation

Alford plea

/ˈɔːlfəd pli/