Brady v. Maryland Case Brief

Facts of the case

A Maryland jury found John Brady and Charles Boblit guilty of first-degree murder in the state Circuit Court of Anne Arundel County. Brady maintained that he participated in the preceding robbery, but not in the killing. At sentencing, both men received the death penalty. After trial, Brady learned that Boblit previously confessed to the murder, but the prosecution suppressed that evidence for Brady’s trial. On appeal, the Maryland Court of Appeals held that suppression of the confession denied Brady due process and remanded the case to reconsider the question of punishment only.

CONCLUSION

The Supreme Court of the United States held that suppression of evidence favorable to an accused upon request violated the Due Process Clause, U.S. Const. amend. XIV , where the evidence was material to guilt or punishment, regardless of the State’s good or bad faith. The suppression of evidence violated Brady’s due process rights and required a retrial on the sentence. The Court further ruled that when the state appellate court restricted Brady’s new trial to the question of punishment, it did not deny him due process or equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment, since the suppressed evidence was admissible only on the issue of punishment.

  • Advocates: E. Clinton Bamberger, Jr. for the petitioner Thomas W. Jamison, III for the respondent
  • Petitioner: John L Brady
  • Respondent: Maryland
  • DECIDED BY:Warren Court
  • Location: Circuit Court of Anne Arundel County
Citation: 373 US 83 (1963)
Argued: Mar 18 – 19, 1963
Decided: May 13, 1963
Granted: Oct 8, 1962
Brady v. Maryland Case Brief