United States Supreme Court
290 U.S. 96 (1933)
(defendant) was charged with murdering his wife. In proving the charge, the
prosecution sought to introduce into evidence a statement by Shepard’s wife to
her nurse stating that her husband had poisoned her. The district court and the
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit admitted the nurse’s evidence
as a dying declaration, an exception to the hearsay rule. Based on this
evidence, Shepard was convicted of murder. The Court of Appeals affirmed. Shepard
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Cardozo, J.)
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