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Wardius v. Oregon
United States Supreme Court
412 U.S. 470 (1973)
Oregon (plaintiff) prosecuted Wardius (defendant) for dealing drugs. At trial, Wardius wanted to call an alibi witness to testify that Wardius was elsewhere on the night in question, but the court did not allow it because Wardius had not provided the prosecution with prior notice of his alibi defense in accordance with Oregon’s rules of criminal procedure. Wardius then took the stand himself and attempted to testify about his alibi, but the court again refused to allow it. Wardius was convicted and appealed on the ground that the court prevented him from presenting his alibi defense. After the Oregon appellate courts affirmed his conviction, the Supreme Court granted review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Marshall, J.)
Concurrence (Douglas, C.J.)
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