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Parker v. Gladden

United States Supreme Court
385 U.S. 363 (1966)


Facts

Parker (defendant) was tried in the state of Oregon for second degree murder. During his trial, the bailiff who was assigned to watch over a jury sequestered for eight days expressed his opinion to certain jurors about Parker’s guilt. Parker was convicted by ten votes of a 12 person jury. Parker appealed on grounds that the bailiff’s comments had deprived him of a fair trial. Parker’s conviction was upheld through the state courts and he petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review.

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