Case Brief Brady V. Maryland

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CJUS440-1403A-02 The Laws of Evidence Types of Legal Evidence Phase 1 Individual Project Instruct: S. Jefferson Monday, July 7, 2014 Tammy Wall Case Brief: Brady v. Maryland and Giglio v. United States Brady v. Maryland Facts: Petitioner was convicted of murder in state of Maryland after confessing to being involved in the planning and commission of the crime. Petitioner claims he did not commit the actual murder and should be held less culpable then his accomplice. Defense counsel argued the defendant should not be sentenced to death but should receive a lesser charge of life in prison. Defense counsel requested all accomplice statements prior to trial concerning his confession to the murder. The prosecution turned over the information but withheld one document. This document was the actual murder confession by the defendant. The defendant was convicted and in post conviction proceedings. As a result the defense counsel raised the issue and demanded a new trial (Oyez Project, 2014). Issues: The issue is whether or not the prosecution violated the petitioner’s due process rights when evidence was withheld by the prosecution that would be favorable to the defendant. Secondly, where the limitations placed on the trial for punishment only a due process violation? Decisions: the Supreme Court rule the petitioners due process rights was violated when the prosecution failed to disclose exculpatory evidence that would be beneficial to the defense of the petitioner. Exculpatory evidence is evidence that would benefit the defense. When the prosecution failed to disclose the document of the accomplice’s confession they violated the petitioner’s right to due process. While the State of Maryland found the evidence would not have been favorable to the sentence of the defendant the high court disagreed. The Supreme Court ruled the punishment of the petitioner may

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