Brown v. Mississippi
297 U.S. 278 (1936)

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U.S. Supreme Court

Brown v. Mississippi, 297 U.S. 278 (1936)

Brown v. Mississippi

No. 301

Argued January 10, 1936

Decided February 17, 1936

297 U.S. 278

Syllabus

Convictions of murder which rest solely upon confessions shown to have been extorted by officers of the State by torture of the accused are void under the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Pp. 297 U. S. 279, 297 U. S. 285. 173 Miss. 542, 158 So. 339; 161 So. 465, reversed.

Page 297 U. S. 279

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Primary Holding

The Due Process Clause prevents the prosecution from using information in a confession that resulted from the use of force by police.