Criminal Procedure keyed to Israel
Taylor v. Kentucky
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Petitioner Taylor was tried for robbery. He and an accomplice allegedly forced their way into the home of one Maddox, an acquaintance, after attempting to gain legitimate access 15 minutes prior. They his Maddox and fled with a house key and billfold. Maddox was on the only prosecution witness. Petitioner was the only witness for the defense. On the stand, he denied participating in the robbery. Defense counsel requested that the judge instruct the jury on the presumption of innocence, and that the indictment, which had been read to the jury, was not evidence. The court declined, instructing on the burden of proving petitioner’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. He was found guilty. The Kentucky Court of Appeals affirmed, and the Kentucky Supreme Court denied review.
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