Civil Procedure Keyed to Marcus
Chapman v. California
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The petitioners were tried and convicted for robbery and the kidnapping and murder of a bartender. At trial, the prosecution referenced the petitioners’ refusal to testify multiple times. The trial judge also instructed the jury, as state law allowed, that they may draw adverse inferences from the lack of testimony. That state law was overturned after the trial, but the petitioners’ convictions were affirmed by the California Supreme Court because the references were deemed harmless error.
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