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Brady v. Maryland
United States Supreme Court
373 U.S. 83 (1963)
Brady (defendant) and Boblit were suspected of murder. Brady was tried first. Before trial, Brady’s attorney asked to review Boblit’s statements, but the prosecutor withheld the statement in which Boblit admitted to the actual killing. At trial, Brady confessed his involvement in the crime but claimed to have no role in killing the victim. Brady was found guilty of murder and given the death penalty. Brady did not learn of the prosecutor’s suppression of Boblit’s statement until after sentencing. The court of appeals held that the prosecutor’s suppression violated the Due Process Clause.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Douglas, J.)
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