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Brady v. United States
Citation:397 U.S. 742 (1970)
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Brady (Petitioner) pleaded guilty to kidnapping and was sentenced to imprisonment. He entered the guilty plea upon learning that his co-defendant would plead guilty and be available to testify against him at trial. He then sought post-conviction relief under 28 U.S.C. 2255, claiming that his guilty plea was involuntary. He argued that the criminal statute operated to coerce his plea, because he faced the death penalty if he went to trial and did not plead guilty. He also argued that his counsel exerted impermissible pressure upon him to plead guilty.
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