By Bill Rankin
Before John L. Brady went to trial for robbery and murder, his defense attorney asked the prosecutor to turn over statements that Brady’s co-defendant had given to authorities.
The prosecutors turned over some, but not all, of co-defendant Charles Boblit’s statements.
The later discovery that one of Boblit’s statements had been withheld would eventually change the course of criminal jurisprudence. It would lead to Brady v. Maryland, the 1963 U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that requires prosecutors to turn over evidence favorable to the defense.
UPDATED: The Justin Chapman case serves as an example of repeated breakdowns at nearly every level of the criminal justice system in Georgia. Here are the steps showing how the Chapman case unfolded. This article has now been updated with details about where the system’s breakdowns took place, and the effects they had on the case.
Justin Chapman’s case has seen many twists and turns since the 2006 arson fire that took his neighbor’s life. This timeline marks the major events in the case. More events will be added to the timeline with each episode as Chapman’s story unfolds.