Cleveland Memory Project: Legal Landmarks

Title

Sheppard v. Maxwell, 384 U.S. 333 (1966)

Authors

Carolyn Hersch

Document Type

Web Page

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

Sheppard v. Maxwell: A Legal Landmark in Cleveland History is a digital exhibit that includes links to audio files, summaries, case documents, and news articles.

In 1966, the Supreme Court heard the case Sheppard v. Maxwell and came to the conclusion that Sheppard was denied due process in his original 1954 trial, mainly due to the media circus that permeated it. The court also found that blame lay with Judge Edward Blythin who had refused to sequester the jurors and did not tell them to disregard the media.

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