Herrera v. Collins
United States Supreme Court
506 U.S. 390 (1993)
Leonel Torres Herrera (defendant) was convicted of one murder and pled guilty to another. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the conviction and death sentence, and the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari. Herrera’s state and federal habeas applications failed, and the Supreme Court denied certiorari. Ten years after conviction, Herrera petitioned for state relief claiming “actual innocence” based on evidence that Herrera’s brother committed the crimes. The state court denied the claim, and Herrera filed a federal habeas petition claiming the state failed to provide exculpatory evidence to the defense as required by Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963). The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, C.J.)
Concurrence (O’Connor, J.)
Concurrence (Scalia, J.)
Concurrence (White, J.)
Dissent (Blackmun, J.)
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