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Presley v. Georgia

558 U.S. 209 (2010)

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Presley v. Georgia

United States Supreme Court

558 U.S. 209 (2010)

Facts

The trial judge presiding over Eric Presley’s (defendant’s) case excluded the only spectator, Presley’s uncle, from the courtroom. The judge explained, “[t]here just isn’t space. . . . Each of these rows will be occupied by jurors. And his uncle cannot sit and intermingle with members of the jury panel.” The court denied Presley’s request for a new trial following his conviction, and the state appellate courts affirmed. Presley appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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