Williams v. Florida
United States Supreme Court
399 U.S. 78 (1970)
Florida law requires that a defendant give pre-trial notice to the prosecution if he plans on calling an alibi witness at trial. Williams (defendant) complied with this rule after his motion for a protective order was denied. Mary Scotty, Williams’ alibi witness, was then called in by the prosecution for a deposition prior to trial. During her trial testimony, the prosecution was able to impeach Mary Scotty on two occasions with her deposition testimony. The state also presented the rebuttal testimony of an officer who said that Mary Scotty had asked him for directions during the time in which she claimed to be in her apartment with Williams.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)
Concurrence/Dissent (Black, J.)
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