CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, CAPITAL CASE, HABEAS
GUILTY PLEA, DUE PROCESS, VOLUNTARINESS, GROUNDS TO
Bradshaw v. Stumpf (04-637)
Oral argument: April 19, 2004
Appealed from: 6th Circuit
John Stumpf and his accomplice, Clyde Wesley, were
convicted of the murder of Mary Jane Stout.
his appeal to the Supreme Court, argues that the
prosecutor unfairly used inconsistent
prove that both he and Wesley were guilty for the
murder -- even though a single shot was used to kill
Stout. Stumpf thus claims his rights under the Due
Process Clause of the Constitution were violated.
Stumpf also argues that his guilty plea at trial was
entered unknowingly and involuntarily because he did
not understand the elements of the crime. The Supreme
Court, in making its decisions, will have to address
the role of the prosecutor in a criminal proceeding,
the rights of the defendant under the Due Process
Clause, and the extent to which a defendant can later
invalidate his earlier plea of guilty.