Meaning of Alford plea in English:

Alford plea

Pronunciation /ˈɔːlfəd pli/

noun

US Law
  • A guilty plea in which a defendant maintains their innocence but admits that the prosecution's evidence would likely result in a guilty verdict if brought to trial.

    • ‘he entered an Alford plea to three counts of second-degree reckless injury’

Origin

1970s from the name of Henry C. Alford, appellant in the US Supreme Court case of North Carolina v. Alford (1970), which ruled that such a plea was valid.