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Wilson v. Beard, No. 06-9004

District court's decision to grant defendant's request for habeas relief and to vacate his capital murder conviction concluding that a Brady violation had occurred is affirmed as, in light of the importance of the testimony of three witnesses and the significant impeachment value of the undisclosed information, defendant's right to due process, as set forth in Brady, was violated by the Commonwealth's failure to disclose the information. 

Read Wilson v. Beard, No. 06-9004

Appellate Information

On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Opinion Filed December 23, 2009


Before:  McKee, Chagares, and Roth, Circuit Judges

Opinion by Circuit Judge  Roth


For Appellant: Lynne Abraham, District Attorney, David Curtis Glebe, Assistant District Attorney

For Appellee:  Maureen Kearney Rowley, Chief Federal Defender, Michael Wiseman