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Chambers v. Mississippi
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- Topic: Identifies the topic of law and where this case fits within your course outline.
- Parties: Identifies the cast of characters involved in the case.
- Procedural Posture & History: Shares the case history with how lower courts have ruled on the matter.
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Defendant was present at an pool hall when several officers entered to make an arrest. The crowd resisted the officers, and shots were fired, one of them striking Liberty. Before Liberty died, he shot into the crowd, hitting Defendant. Eyewitnesses gave varying versions of whether Defendant was the person who shot Liberty. There was evidence of another man, McDonald, committing the shooting. The shot was from a .22 caliber pistol like the one McDonald owned at one time. McDonald also confessed to three people on three separate occasions that he shot Liberty. Defendant called McDonald as an adverse witness, but Mississippi voucher rules prevented Defendant from calling McDonald as an adverse witness. The lower court argued that the witness was not adverse because McDonald never accused Defendant of the crime. Defendant also wanted to admit as evidence the three confessions, but the admission was denied as hearsay.
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