I came across this article this morning and it is very interesting.
It's not about the Wagners, does not pertain to the Wagners.
It's not an exact comparison.
However if you read the article you will see the perils of making a plea deal and making it correctly, from all sides, Prosecution, Defense and Judge.
It has to hold up thru appeal.
I have a feeling we are in for a year of all manner of motions, whatever each lawyer can think of to add to the proceedings, to protect his client, thinking ahead for possible appeal.
Death Sentence Vacated over Advisement of Defendant Rights
"Because the trial judge failed to verbally advise George C. Brinkman at the time he pleaded guilty that he was waiving his rights to confront witnesses against him and to have his guilt proved beyond a reasonable doubt, the Ohio Supreme Court today vacated his convictions and death sentences.
A unanimous Supreme Court ruled that the trial court
failed to fully advise Brinkman of his constitutional rights before he pleaded guilty to charges relating to the murder of a North Royalton woman and her two daughters in 2017. The trial court’s failure to strictly comply with the requirements of Rule 11(C)(2)(c)
of the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure invalidated the guilty plea, the opinion stated.
Writing for the Court, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor expressed disappointment in the trial court, prosecutors, and Brinkman’s lawyers for failing “to adhere to the level of diligence expected in, and essential to, our criminal justice system.”
“This inattention is impermissible, especially in a case such as this in which a death sentence is on the line,” she wrote."