Shepard v. United States
United States Supreme Court
290 U.S. 96 (1933)
Shepard (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 evidence based on the state of mind exception to the hearsay rule. Shepard appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Cardozo, J.)
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