State of Ohio v. Soto – U.S. Supreme Court

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Case Description:
Following the death of his toddler son, the State of Ohio prosecuted Mr. Soto for two crimes, child endangerment and involuntary manslaughter. Mr. Soto entered into a plea bargain with the State. He pleaded guilty to child endangerment and agreed to a sentence recommendation of five years, the maximum. The plea agreement also provided for the State to dismiss the manslaughter charge. Following Mr. Soto’s release from prison, the State filed murder charge based on the original case and a subsequent confession by Mr. Soto.

Amicus Description:
In this brief, Amici urge the United State Supreme Court to grant Cert in State v. Soto, an Ohio state case to address two important issues. The first issue before the court is whether the double jeopardy clause out to apply to all counts in a single indictment after a negotiated plea agreement. The second issue is whether the doctrine of “merger of offenses,” precludes the subsequent trial of a felony murder charge to which the state has already secured a negotiated conviction on the predicate felony as a violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.