October 10, 2011
As a trial looms for a Muslim GI accused of plotting a terror attack in Killeen, attorneys say there are indications lawyers are working out a plea deal.
The deadline is not absolute, said Corn and Calvin Lewis, an associate dean at the Texas Tech University School of Law, and a plea deal could be struck even after the trial begins. But requiring a deal by a firm date, called local rules of procedure, brings efficiency to the court process.
"The defendant could go into the court on the morning of the trial and say, 'I want to enter a plea of guilty,' " Corn said, "but the judge can be less favorably inclined to support the prosecution's recommendation."
Dorsett didn't comment when asked recently about the proceedings, and Texas Tech's Lewis wasn't sure an agreement was likely, arguing "it doesn't take a week to put a deal together."
But T. Gerald Treece, vice president, associate dean and special counsel to the president at South Texas College of Law, said the signs point to a deal.