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Arizona v. Fulminante

Significance, Harmless Error And The Supreme Court, New Direction?, The Federal Bureau Of Investigation


State of Arizona


Orestes C. Fulminante

Petitioner's Claim

That the Arizona Supreme Court had erred in awarding Fulminante a new trial for murder.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Barbara M. Jarrett

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Stephen R. Collins

Justices for the Court

Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter

Justices Dissenting

Harry A. Blackmun, Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

26 March 1991


Affirmed the lower court's decision to grant a new trial, on the basis that the state used an inadmissible, coerced confession to convict Fulminante.

Related Cases

  • Chapman v. California, 386 U.S. 18 (1967).


West's Encyclopedia of American Law. St. Paul, MN: West Group, 1998.


U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Capital Punishment 1996. Washington, DC: U.S. Government, 1997.

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