Bloom v. Illinois Case Brief

Facts of the Case

After testator died, testator’s nurse engaged petitioner, an attorney, to draw and execute a will in the purported testator’s name. The will was dated 15 days after testator died. The prosecution brought contempt charges against petitioner. Petitioner filed a timely motion for a jury trial, which was denied. The trial court found petitioner guilty of criminal contempt and sentenced him to imprisonment for 24 months. The state supreme court affirmed the conviction and held that neither state law nor the United States Constitution provided a right to jury trial in criminal contempt proceedings.


“1. Did the Arizona Supreme Court properly apply the totality of circumstances test when considering whether a suspect’s confession to murder was coerced?2. Did the Arizona Supreme Court properly apply harmless error analysis when considering whether the suspect’s coerced confession influenced the trial outcome?”



Case Information

Citation: 391 US 194 (1968)
Argued: Jan 16 – 17, 1968
Decided: May 20, 1968
Case Brief: 1968