Logourl black
From our private database of 14,100+ case briefs...

People v. Carradine

Supreme Court of Illinois
287 N.E.2d 670 (1972)


Facts

Georgia Carradine (defendant) was a witness to a homicide. Carradine had given a statement to a prosecutor but later failed to respond to a subpoena calling her to testify and was eventually brought into court pursuant to a bench warrant. Carradine refused to testify, expressing that she feared for her life and her children’s lives. Carradine persisted in her refusal to testify, even after she was offered the options of protection and relocation. A contempt order was entered against Carradine but was stayed for three days to give Carradine a chance to change her mind about testifying. Carradine appeared before the court two more times, accompanied by counsel, and refused to testify each time despite further offers to relocate her and her family to another city or state. Carradine was ordered detained in the county jail until she agreed to testify, but she continued to refuse, and the contempt order was re-entered. Carradine was sentenced to six months of imprisonment and appealed. Carradine requested that her punishment be reduced to time already served due to the special circumstances of her refusal to testify. Carradine told the court that she was scared to testify against the defendants in the homicide case, because the defendants were members of a youth gang called the Blackstone Rangers and that she never would have provided the original statement to prosecutors if she had known that she would have to appear in court. Carradine expressed that she did not believe law enforcement could protect her from the Blackstone Rangers, even upon relocation.

Rule of Law

The rule of law is the black letter law upon which the court rested its decision.

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

Issue

The issue section includes the dispositive legal issue in the case phrased as a question.

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

Holding and Reasoning (Underwood, C.J.)

The holding and reasoning section includes:

  • A "yes" or "no" answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 219,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,100 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.