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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Bruton v. United States
Citation:391 U.S. 123 (1968)
Bruton (Petitioner) was convicted of armed postal robbery at a joint trial with his co-defendant. At trial, a postal inspector testified that the co-defendant orally confessed to him that he and Bruton had committed the armed robbery, even though Bruton did not personally admit guilt at his trial. Bruton appealed, arguing that the jury looked to these incriminating extrajudicial statements, despite the court’s instructions to the contrary, in determining his guilt.
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