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Griffin v. California
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Petitioner was charged and convicted of first degree murder for the death of woman named Essie Mae, and sentenced to death. He did not testify at trial but did testify during the punishment phase. The trial court instructed the jury about Petitioner’s constitutional right not to testify. However, the court also instructed the jury that evidence or facts which would have been within Petitioner’s knowledge and failure to deny or explain those evidence or facts unfavorable inference against Petitioner may be drawn.
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