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Banks v. Dretke

United States Supreme Court
540 U.S. 668 (2004)


Banks (defendant) was accused of murdering a 16-year-old during a car jacking. Evidence was presented at trial that Banks had previously attacked a family member, and Banks admitted to helping someone get a gun. Banks did not have a criminal record. A paid informant named Farr testified that Banks used a gun to facilitate robberies. The prosecution did not inform the defense that Farr was a paid informant, despite claiming at trial and other proceedings that nothing was withheld.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Ginsburg, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Thomas, J.)

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