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United States v. Woods

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
484 F.2d 127 (1973)


Facts

In 1969, the United States (government) (plaintiff) charged Martha L. Woods (defendant) with the murder of Paul, an infant in her care. At trial, a government expert testified that it was probable, though not definite, that Paul was smothered. The government introduced evidence that, beginning in 1945, seven other young children under Woods' care died in circumstances that suggested smothering. A jury convicted Woods. Woods appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on the grounds that evidence of the prior deaths was inadmissible.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Winter, J.)

Dissent (Widener, J.)

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