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See also Guilty plea (Alford plea) See also Nolo contendere plea. An Alford plea is a plea entered pursuant to North Carolina v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25, 27 L. Ed. 2d 162, 91 S. Ct. 160 (1970), which permits a defendant to enter a plea of guilty to a charged offense, although he does not admit that he committed the charged offense, provided there is strong evidence of actual guilt and the defendant intelligently concludes that his interests require entry of a guilty plea. See United States v. Diamond, 53 F.3d 249, 251 n.1 (9th Cir. 1995). A guilty plea may be given preclusive effect in a subsequent civil proceeding. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. Sallak, 140 Ore. App. 89, 914 P.2d 697 (1996); see also State Farm Fire and Cas. Co. v. Reuter, 299 Ore. 155, 163, 700 P.2d 236, 241 (1985) (criminal conviction can have preclusive effect in later civil proceeding). 


In Sallak, the Oregon Court of Appeals engaged in an issue preclusion analysis and concluded that all of the elements had been met by a guilty plea properly entered pursuant to Oregon law. 140 Ore. App. at ...

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