United States Supreme Court
523 U.S. 185 (1998)
Bell confessed to the police that he and Gray (defendant) had beaten a man to death. They were tried jointly and Bell’s confession was admitted into evidence. However, the judge ordered that Gray’s name be redacted. Thus, when the police officer read Bell’s statement into evidence, he replaced Gray’s name with the word “deleted” or “deletion.” After the officer read the confession, the prosecutor asked him whether the information he received from Bell allowed him to then go and arrest Gray. The officer answered in the affirmative. The prosecution also admitted a written copy of the confession into evidence. Gray’s name was again redacted. In its place was a white space separated by commas. The judge instructed the jury that the confession was evidence against Bell, not Gray. Both men were convicted.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Breyer, J.)
Dissent (Scalia, J.)
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