United States v. Reardon – Case Brief Summary (Federal Court)

In United States v. Reardon, 787 F.2d 512, 516 (10th Cir. 1986), the defendant entered a guilty plea. The agreement provided that the defendant would provide a full and truthful account of his involvement in the crime but did not lay out any consequences for the failure to do so. See id. at 515-16.

The defendant did not provide a full and truthful account so the court permitted the government to revoke the plea agreement, and the Tenth Circuit affirmed, stating:

"Where a plea is predicated in any significant degree on a promise or agreement, such promise or agreement must be fulfilled to maintain the integrity of the plea. Plea bargains, like contracts, cannot normally be unilaterally broken with impunity or without consequence." Id. at 516.