Kansas v. Ventris

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
07-1356 Kan. S.Ct. Jan 21, 2009
Apr 29, 2009 7-2 Scalia OT 2008

Issue: Whether prosecutors may use a defendant’s statement - made in the absence of a knowing and voluntary waiver of the right to counsel - to impeach a witness, as opposed to during its case-in-chief.

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Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 7-2, in an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia on April 29, 2009.

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Briefs and Documents

Merit briefs
  • Brief for Petitioner State of Kansas
  • Brief for Respondent Donnie Ray Ventris
  • Reply Brief for Petitioner State of Kansas
Amicus briefs
  • Brief for the States of New Mexico, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia in Support of Petitioner
  • Brief for the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in Support of Petitioner
  • Brief for the United States in Support of Petitioner
  • Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of Respondent
Certiorari-Stage Documents
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