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United States v. Grayson

United States Supreme Court
438 U.S. 41 (1978)


Facts

Grayson (defendant) escaped from a federal prison camp and was indicted for prison escape. Grayson testified at his trial and several elements of his testimony were contradicted through cross-examination and the testimony of other witnesses. The jury found Grayson guilty. At Grayson’s sentencing hearing, the judge stated that he believed Grayson had completely fabricated his testimony and that he would consider that in determining his sentence. Grayson appealed the sentencing decision.

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