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Chambers v. Mississippi
Citation:410 U.S> 284 (1973)
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- Facts: What are the factual circumstances that gave rise to the civil or criminal case? What is the relationship of the Parties that are involved in the case. Review the Facts of this case here:
Police attempted to execute an arrest warrant at a bar in Woodville, Mississippi. However, a conflict arose between the bar patrons and police. One police officer was shot several times. This officer shot in the direction where the previous shots came from and struck the defendant in the back of his neck. The officer died. The defendant survived and was brought to the hospital, where he was later arrested for murder.
Before the case went to trial, another individual, McDonald, confessed to the defendant’s attorneys that he had shot the officer. However, at a preliminary hearing, McDonald repudiated his prior confession. The authorities did not proceed in the prosecution against McDonald and resumed the prosecution against the defendant. At trial, the defendant was prevented from having McDonald presented at trial for cross-examination under Mississippi’s voucher rule. The defendant was also prevented from presenting testimony from three different witnesses who would claim that McDonald confessed to the crime. The trial court denied this evidence on hearsay grounds.
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