Taylor v. Illinois

LOCATION: Wall Street Journal Corporate Headquarters

DOCKET NO.: 86-5963
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1987-1988)

CITATION: 484 US 400 (1988)
ARGUED: Oct 07, 1987
DECIDED: Jan 25, 1988

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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - October 07, 1987 in Taylor v. Illinois

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - January 25, 1988 in Taylor v. Illinois

William H. Rehnquist:

I have the opinion of the Court to announce in No. 86-5963, Taylor against Illinois.

In this case which comes to us on a writ of certiorari to the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District, we hold in an opinion authored by Justice Stevens that the Sixth Amendment's Compulsory Process Clause does not absolutely prohibit a trial court from sanctioning a failure to comply with discovery rules by barring an undisclosed witness from testifying.

We hold also the petitioner's Sixth Amendment rights were not violated since it is clear from the record that this is one of the extreme cases in which a severe sanction is appropriate.

The violation was willful and the circumstances surrounding the violation created a strong inference that the witnesses' testimony would not be believable.

Justice Brennan has filed a dissenting opinion in which Justice Marshall and Justice Blackmun joined.

Justice Blackmun has also filed a dissenting opinion.