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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
United States v. Bagley
Citation:473 U.S. 667 (1985)
In October 1977, respondent Hughes Anderson Bagley was indicted in the Western District of Washington on 15 charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms statutes. On November 18, 24 days before trial, respondent filed a discovery motion, requesting the names and addresses of witnesses that the government intends to call at trial. The Government’s two principal witnesses at the trial were James O’Connor and Donald E. Mitchell, who were state law enforcement officers. The Government responded that no deals, promises, or inducements have been made to O’Connor or Mitchell. At trial, both witnesses testified about both the firearms and narcotics charges. In mid-1980, respondent received copies of from contracts that O’Connor and Mitchell had signed the agreement at issue. Because these contracts had not been disclosed to respondent to his pretrial discovery motion, respondent moved to vacate his sentence.
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