(plural Alford pleas)
Originated in the US legal case before the Supreme Court of the United States, North Carolina v. Alford (1970).
alford plea - Legal Definition
A guilty plea entered as part of a plea bargain by a criminal defendant who denies committing the crime or who does not actually admit his guilt. In federal courts, such plea may be accepted as long as there is evidence that the defendant is actually guilty. Named after North Carolina v. Alford (1970).