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Name: Riggs v. Fairman
Case #: 02-55185
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 03/07/2005

Riggs rejected a plea bargain which would have resulted in a five year sentence. The district court vacated Riggs’s conviction and ordered the parties to return to the pre-error negotiating stage because Riggs’s attorney failed to inform him that the Three Strikes law might apply to his case. The court declined Riggs’s request that the court order the government to resurrect its original plea offer, and Riggs appealed. The appellate court affirmed, finding the remedy fashioned by the district court within discretionary bounds. The plea offer made to Riggs was a result of a misunderstanding of California’s three strikes law by all involved. Absent the misunderstanding, Riggs would have never been offered a five year plea sentence. Therefore the remedy of specific performance of the plea offer was not the only appropriate remedy.