Brown v. Mississippi was a case decided by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1936. In this case, the Court addressed the issue of whether a defendant’s conviction can be based on a coerced confession.
The Court ruled that a conviction based on a coerced confession violates the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Court held that a confession that is obtained through the use of torture or other forms of coercion is not voluntary and cannot be used as evidence against the defendant.
This case is significant in the criminal justice context because it established that defendants have the right to be free from coercion and torture when being questioned by law enforcement, and that evidence obtained through such tactics is not admissible in court. This helps to protect defendants’ rights and ensures that they are not subjected to abuses of power by law enforcement.