In Brown v. Mississippi, the Supreme Court increases federal supervision over civil rights. Ed Brown and two other Black men had confessions of murder tortured out of them.
The U.S. Supreme Court, in Brown v. Mississippi, increased federal supervision over civil rights. The defendants, Ed Brown and two other Black men, had been convicted of murder after confessions were tortured out of them. The deputy sheriff admitted to hanging Brown from a tree and whipping the two others to get their confessions. The high Court reversed the convictions on grounds that confessions obtained through force violated the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.