Chambers v. Florida
Significance, Impact, Further Readings
Isiah (Izell) Chambers, Jack Williamson, Charlie Davis, Walter Woodward (Woodard)
State of Florida
Four black men sentenced to death for the murder of a white man claimed their convictions were obtained "solely upon confessions and pleas of guilt extorted by violence and torture" in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Chief Lawyers for Petitioners
Leon A. Ransom, S. D. McGill, Thurgood Marshall
Chief Lawyers for Respondent
Tyrus A. Norwood
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black (writing for the Court), Pierce Butler, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, Charles Evans Hughes, James Clark McReynolds, Stanley Forman Reed, Owen Josephus Roberts, Harlan Fiske Stone
None (Frank Murphy did not participate)
Date of Decision
12 February 1940
The unanimous Court threw out verdicts of murder against the four black men handed down by two juries.
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