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Nix v. Williams 1984
Transcript of Nix v. Williams 1984
1984 Docket No. 82-1651 Why ? I. Facts of the Case Who ? What ? II. The Case Nix v. Williams
467 U.S. 431 Petitioner Respondent Wednesday, January 18, 1984 Nix believed he should win because he felt the statement leading to the victim's body would have been found without the respondent's help Williams believed he should win because he felt if he had never made that statement, they never would have found her body. III. Issue at Hand Legal Issue Public Policy Issue Values In Conflict Warden Nix Williams (man convicted of murder of a 10-year old girl). A statement that Mr.Wiliams made to the officers, without an attorney present, helped them find the body of the young girl he murdered. Prior to the case making it to the Supreme Court, Williams had already been found guilty of 1st Degree Murder of 10-year old Pamela Powers. Williams acted the way he did because he felt without the statement he made without an attorney present, the officers would have never found the victim's body. Should the statement made by the respondent without an attorney present that led to the discovery of the body be able to be used in court? Should a man be convicted even though the evidence they used was obtained wrongfully, and violated his 6th & 14th Amendment rights? Even though it was evident that Williams committed the crime, should he go free because officers obtained information wrongfully and violated his rights? IV. The Decision What did the court decide?
7 votes for Nix, 2 votes against.
What did the decision mean for the parties?
Williams went to prison.
What was the precedent set in this case?
The precedent of "Inevitable Discovery" was set.
Do you agree or disagree?
I agree with the final decision of the court.
How would you have decided this case?
I would have decided this case the same way the judge did. Sources www.oyez.org/cases/1980-1989/1983/1983_82_1651 www.casebriefs.com/blog/law/.../nix-v-williams-williams-ii-3/ caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=467... www.4lawschool.com/criminal/nix.htm www.jstor.org/stable/1143641 Nix acted the way he did because he felt he along with the rest of the volunteers who helped search for the victim, would have found the body without Williams's help.