Corraspe v. People – Case Brief Summary (Virgin Islands)

In Corraspe v. People, 53 V.I. 470, 482 (V.I. 2010), the Court held that Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11(c), which prohibits judicial participation in plea agreements, was not applicable in this jurisdiction because Superior Court Rule 126, which has no such prohibition, governs plea agreements in the Virgin Islands to the exclusion of Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11(c). Corraspe, 53 V.I. at 481-83.

The Court noted, that in the absence of Rule 126, Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11(c) and its prohibition on judges participating in plea agreements would apply to plea bargains in the Virgin Islands through Superior Court Rule 7. Id. at 482.

But the adoption of Rule 126, which lacks a similar bar to judicial participation, evidences an intent to avoid such a strict prohibition. Id.