Beecher v. Alabama, 389 U.S. 35 (1967)

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Beecher v. Alabama, 389 U.S. 35 (1967)

Beecher v. Alabama


No. 92, Misc.


Decided October 23, 1967
389 U.S. 35

ON PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE
SUPREME COURT OF ALABAMA

Syllabus

Petitioner, already wounded by Tennessee police, confessed to a rape-murder under gunpoint threat to do so or be killed. Five days later, with "no break in the stream of events," Clewis v. Texas, 386 U.S. 707, 710, when still in pain in a prison hospital and under the influence of drugs, he was directed to tell Alabama investigators "what they wanted to know." He thereupon signed confessions, which were admitted into evidence over his objections at his trial. He was convicted, and the Alabama Supreme Court affirmed.

Held: The use of petitioner’s confessions, the product of gross coercion, violated the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Certiorari granted; 280 Ala. 283, 193 So.2d 505, reversed.

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Chicago: U.S. Supreme Court, "Syllabus," Beecher v. Alabama, 389 U.S. 35 (1967) in 389 U.S. 35 Original Sources, accessed January 22, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QC3CER5FRU1UQTW.

MLA: U.S. Supreme Court. "Syllabus." Beecher v. Alabama, 389 U.S. 35 (1967), in 389 U.S. 35, Original Sources. 22 Jan. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QC3CER5FRU1UQTW.

Harvard: U.S. Supreme Court, 'Syllabus' in Beecher v. Alabama, 389 U.S. 35 (1967). cited in 1967, 389 U.S. 35. Original Sources, retrieved 22 January 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QC3CER5FRU1UQTW.