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Irvin v. Dowd
Citation:366 U.S. 717 (1961)
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Irvin (Petitioner) was convicted of murder in Indiana state court. He brought a habeas corpus petition claiming that he did not receive a fair trial because pretrial publicity prejudiced the jurors. After Irwin had been arrested, the case was highly publicized in local press, stating that Irvin had confessed to the six murders at issue. During the course of the voir dire examination, which lasted four weeks, petitioner filed two motions for a change of venue and eight motions for continuances due to this publicity. All were denied. The jury then convicted Irvin.
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