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Gilbert v. California

388 U.S. 263 (1967)

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Gilbert v. California

United States Supreme Court

388 U.S. 263 (1967)

Facts

Gilbert (defendant) was suspected of several robberies. Gilbert was identified by several eyewitnesses during a lineup that was later held to be unconstitutional because police conducted the lineup without notifying Gilbert’s attorney. At trial, several witnesses who identified Gilbert as the robber in court testified that they had also identified Gilbert at the illegal lineup. The trial court admitted this testimony into evidence without determining whether the in-court identifications stemmed from a different source than the illegal lineup. Gilbert was convicted, and the California Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s admission of the in-court identifications. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)

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