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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Allen
Taylor v. Illinois
Citation:484 U.S. 400 (1988)
Petitioner was convicted for attempted murder. In advance of trial, prosecutor filed a motion requesting a list of defense witnesses. On the second day of trial, the defense made an oral motion to amend the Answer to Discovery to include two new witnesses, who they said they had been unable to locate until that point. The next day, one of those witnesses appeared in court with defense counsel, and his testimony contradicted defense’s representations that they had originally not been able to find him. After hearing the witness’ testimony, the trial judge concluded that the appropriate sanction for the discovery violation was to exclude his testimony.
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