Hurtado v. California

PETITIONER: Hurtado
RESPONDENT: California
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: None
DECIDED BY: Waite Court (1882-1887)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Jan 22, 1884
DECIDED: Mar 03, 1884

Facts of the case

The State of California tried and convicted Hurtado on an information for murder. An information is a written set of accusations made by a prosecutor. Hurtado maintained that California denied him an indictment by a grand jury. A grand jury indictment is based on majority vote of the grand jurors on presentation by the prosecutor.

Question

Does a state criminal proceeding based on an information rather than a grand jury indictment violate the 14th Amendment's due process clause?