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Kent v. United States

383 U.S. 541 (1966)

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Kent v. United States

United States Supreme Court

383 U.S. 541 (1966)

Facts

An intruder entered the apartment of a woman in the District of Columbia and raped her. The police later found the fingerprints and matched the fingerprints to Kent (defendant). After police took Kent into custody and interrogated him for seven hours, Kent confessed his involvement, and the police placed Kent in detention. Kent filed a motion with the juvenile court for a hearing on the question of waiver of jurisdiction and offered to prove that Kent would be a suitable subject for rehabilitation. The juvenile court did not rule on the motion filed by Kent. Instead, the juvenile court waived jurisdiction over Kent without a hearing and without stating any reasons for the waiver. The district then directed that Kent be tried in the District Court of the District of Columbia. Kent appealed the waiver of jurisdiction.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Fortas, J.)

Dissent (Stewart, J.)

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