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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Darden v. Wainwright
Citation:477 U.S. 168 (1986)
Darden (Petitioner) was found guilty by a jury of murder, robbery, and assault. He was sentenced to death. On appeal, Darden argued that the prosecution’s closing argument at the guilt-innocence stage of the trial rendered his conviction fundamentally unfair and deprived the sentencing determination of the reliability that the Eighth Amendment requires. During the closing arguments, the prosecutors called Darden an animal, stated that he was a prisoner on weekend furlough when the crime occurred, and implied that the death penalty would be the only way to prevent a similar crime from occurring in the future.
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