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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Dressler
Brown v. Mississippi
Citation:297 U.S. 278, 56 S.Ct. 461, 80 L.Ed. 682.
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The defendants, three black men, were found guilty of killing a white man. They were sentenced to death. Their convictions rested solely upon confessions shown to have been extorted by officers by brutality and violence.
One defendant was hung by a rope, tied to a tree, and whipped. He was told that the whipping would continue until he confessed. He then agreed to confess and was taken to jail. Rope marks on his neck were still plainly visible during the trial. The two other defendants were made to strip and lay over chairs. Their backs were cut to pieces with a leather strap with buckles on it, and they were likewise made by the deputy to understand that the whipping would be continued unless and until they confessed. They eventually confessed.
They appealed, arguing that their confessions should not have been admitted into evidence, as they were not voluntary, and the Supreme Court of Mississippi affirmed.
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