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Breif Brady v Maryland - 1 Title and Citation Brady v...

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1.) Title and Citation: Brady v. Maryland 373 U.S. 83 (1963) 2.) Facts of the Case: In this case the defendant Brady, admitted to the jury that he was at the scene of the crime and participated but claimed that it was his companion that actually did the killing. The defendant’s lawyer accepted that fact that his defendant was guilty of murder in the first degree but asked for the jury to return with a non capital punishment verdict but instead life in prison. The defendant’s lawyer prior to the trail requested all the statement documents from his defendant’s companion from the prosecution, which they agreed to but withheld one of them. The one document that the prosecution withheld was the paper that the companion had admitted to the actual killing. This document did not come to the defenses attention until after the first trail and sentencing was complete, as well as the Maryland Court of Appeals had affirmed the conviction. In a post-conviction trail, the Court of Appeals of Maryland said that the suppression of the evidence that the prosecution withheld from defense denied them due process of the law. After the Maryland Court of Appeals held this ruling they issued a new trail with the question of punishment not guilt be tried. The Appeals Court ruled that the suppressed evidence of the confession of the companion could not have “reduce the defendant’s offense below murder in the first degree” but could change the sentence giving for the offense. The Supreme Court held the ruling stating that “petitioner was not denied a federal constitutional right when his new trail was restricted to the question of punishment; and the judgment is affirmed.” 3.) Issues:
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  • Spring '08
  • Beeman
  • Supreme Court of the United States, Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Maryland Court of Appeals, new trail

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