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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
United States v. Bagley
Citation:473 U.S. 667 (1985)
Bagley (Respondent) was charged with violating narcotics laws. Before trial, he filed a discovery motion, requesting the names and addresses of witnesses that the government intended to call at trial. The government disclosed its two key witnesses, but stated that no deals, promises, or inducements had been made to them (which was false). Bagley was then convicted at trial. The court of appeals reversed his conviction based on the rule from Brady v. Maryland, because of the government’s failure to disclose evidence that Bagley could have used to impeach two of the prosecution’s witnesses.
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