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Mallory v. United States

Significance, Supreme Court Formulates Mcnabb-mallory Rule, Omnibus Crime Control And Safe Street Acts Of 1968


Andrew R. Mallory


United States

Petitioner's Claim

That being arrested without probable cause and held for a prolonged period without being formally charged invalidated his confession.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

William B. Bryant

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Edward L. Barrett, Jr., Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., Harold Burton, Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter (writing for the Court), John Marshall Harlan II, Earl Warren, Charles Evans Whittaker

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

24 June 1957


Mallory's confession was ruled inadmissible and his conviction reversed.

Related Cases

  • McNabb v. United States, 318 U.S. 332 (1943).
  • Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966).


Legal Information Institute. http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/3501.html

Further Readings

  • Garcia, Alfredo. The Sixth Amendment in Modern American Jurisprudence: A Critical Perspective. New York, NY: Greenwood Press, 1992.
  • Grano, Joseph D. Confessions, Truth, and the Law. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993.
  • Inbau, Fred E., John E. Reid, and Joseph P. Buckley. Criminal Interrogation and Confessions, 3rd ed. Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins, 1986.

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