Michigan v. Bryant Resource Page (Key Briefs and Other Materials)

This Michigan v. Bryant Resource Page below provides access to key briefs and other materials on the pending Supreme Court case.

A summary of the case is also provided in the Introduction and Overview, and further coverage is included in posts in the Federal Evidence Blog. After the Supreme Court's opinion is issued in Michigan v. Bryant (No. 09–150), this Resource Page will highlight below further significant cases applying the analysis from the opinion.

Key Supreme Court Briefs And Materials In Michigan v. Bryant (No. 09-150)

Date Document
Supreme Court Documents
Feb. 28, 2011Supreme Court Opinion

  • Holding "that the circumstances of the interaction between [the victim] ... and the police objectively indicate that the 'primary purpose of the interrogation' was 'to enable police assistance to meet an ongoing emergency.' Therefore, [the victim's] ... identification and description of the shooter and the location of the shooting were not testimonial statements, and their admission at Bryant’s trial did not violate the Confrontation Clause." Michigan v. Bryant, 562 U.S. _ (2011) (quoting Davis v. Washington, 547 U.S. 813, 822 (2006))
October 5, 2010Supreme Court Oral Argument Transcript / Audio File

  • For Petitioner: Lori B. Palmer, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Wayne County, Detroit, Michigan
  • Leondra R. Kruger, Acting Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. (for the United States, as amicus curiae)
  • For Repondent: Peter Jon Van Hoek, Assistant Defender, Detroit, Michigan (appointed)
March 1, 2010Certiorari Review Granted in Michigan v. Bryant (No. 09–150).
DocketDocket Sheet
Merits Briefs
April 29, 2010Brief for Petitioner (State of Michigan)
June 16, 2010Brief for Respondent (Richard Perry Bryant)
July 15, 2010Reply Brief for Petitioner (State of Michigan)
April 29, 2010Joint Appendix
Amicus Curiae Briefs
May 6, 2010 Brief for the States of Maryland, Utah, Vermont, Hawaii, Nevada, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Maine, New Mexico, Louisiana, Alaska, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Texas, Minnesota, Washington, Idaho, Virginia , Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio Connecticut, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, Indiana, South Carolina, New Hampshire, and Florida in Support of Petitioner
May 6, 2010Brief for the United States of America in Support of Petitioner
June 23, 2010Brief for Richard D. Friedman in Support of Respondent
June 23, 2010Brief for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of Respondent
Certiorari Petition Briefs
July 28, 2009Petition for Writ of Certiorari (State of Michigan)
Sep 3, 2009Brief in Opposition to Petition for Writ of Certiorari (Richard Perry Bryant)
March 1, 2010Certiorari Review Granted
State Court Record Materials
June 10, 2009Michigan Supreme Court Opinion Under Review: Michigan v. Bryant, 483 Mich. 132, 768 N.W.2d 65 (2009) (divided court reversing state court convictions after concluding admission of testimonial statements violated the Confrontation Clause)
March 6, 2007Michigan Court Of Appeal Opinion: People v. Bryant, No. 247039 (2007) (per curiam) (unpublished) (affirming the state court convictions on remand after holding the statements were non-testimonial as the primary purpose of the officers’ question was to respond to an ongoing emergency)
Oct. 31, 2006Michigan Supreme Court Remand: People v. Bryant, 722 N.W.2d 797 (2006) (remanding the appeal after the decision in Davis v. Washington, 547 U.S. 813 (2006))
Aug. 24, 2004Michigan Court Of Appeal Opinion: People v. Bryant, No. 247039 (2004) (per curiam) (unpublished) (affirming state court convictions)
2003 - 2010Michigan Court Of Appeal Docket Sheet

Blog Posts On Michigan v. Bryant

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