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Brandon L. Garrett Collection of Criminal and Death Penalty Trial Transcripts

Identifier: MSS-2017-01

Scope and Contents

This collection of copies of trial transcripts for criminal state trials, from Virginia, Missouri, Texas, and various other states, was donated to the Law Library by Professor Brandon L. Garrett in August of 2017. About half of the defendants in these cases were DNA exonerees, the most notable case being that of Earl Washington, Jr., an African American man from Virginia who was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder, and spent 17 years in prison and on death row before he was exonerated. The files in which the defendants were exonerated by DNA evidence have copies of forensic reports and police files.


  • Creation: 1977-2011

Conditions Governing Use

Due to the sensitive content of these files, the collection has the following guidelines and restrictions:

1. Case documents and/or direct quotations may be used to illustrate final reports or other publications, but will not contain any identifying victim or witness information. All quotations will be exact reproductions and will contain citations to the record.

2. Names of crime victims and witnesses that are discovered through this resource will not be used or documented in any way, nor will any attempt to contact them be made, with the following exception. Witnesses who testified in their professional capacity (e.g., attorneys, police officers, laboratory analysts, experts, etc.) are not subject to the same protections and may be contacted.

3. For trials involving later-exonerated defendats, that person's background and personal information, including educational, family, medical, and psychiatric history, etc., will not be used or documented, except to state whether mental health issues or mitigating evidence was raised at trial. This restriction applies to, but is not limited to, all documents in the DNA Exoneree Trails Series.

4. Materials in this collection cannot be reproduced.

5. Researchers will be asked to sign a "Researcher Registration Form."


65 Cubic Feet (65 archival cartons)

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Trial transcripts for Virginia death penalty cases. DNA exonoree trials, and various state criminal trials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was transferred to the archives by Brandon L. Garrett in August of 2017.


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Repository Details

Part of the Arthur J. Morris Law Library Special Collections Repository

Arthur J. Morris Law Library
580 Massie Road
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22903 United States