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Jackson v. Denno
United States Supreme Court
378 U.S. 368 (1964)
Jackson (defendant) was arrested after checking into a hospital for treatment of wounds sustained in a gunfight with a police officer. Jackson was interrogated while he awaited surgery and admitted to having committed a robbery and subsequently shooting the police officer. Jackson was tried in the state courts of New York. New York criminal procedure required the judge to make a preliminary determination of the voluntariness of a confession. Unless the court found no circumstances under which the confession could be deemed voluntary, the confession would be submitted to the jury for a determination of voluntariness and truthfulness. Jackson was convicted at jury trial. Jackson petitioned the federal district court for a writ of habeas corpus. The district court denied his petition and Jackson appealed to the United States Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)
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