Aranda Bruton Motion
When a criminal defense attorney or public defender files an Aranda-Bruton
Motion, he is seeking to keep a co-defendant's damaging statement
about his client from being exposed to the jury. If the motion is successful,
the Prosecutor must promise not to use the statement, or all references
to the defendant must be deleted.
If it is not possible to remove all references to the defendant, then the
statement cannot be used. This particular motion is referred to as an
Aranda-Bruton Motion because it evolved from two cases:
People v. Aranda (1965) 63 cal.2d 518 and
Bruton v. United States (1968) 391 U.S. 123.