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Adamson v. California
Citation:Adamson v. California, 332 U.S. 46, 67 S.Ct. 1672, 91 L.Ed. 1903 (1947)
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Adamson was convicted in California of first-degree murder. During the trial, the prosecutor, in accordance with a California law, made comments to the jury which highlighted Adamson’s decision not to testify on his own behalf. Adamson then challenged the constitutionality of the California law that allowed the prosecutor and judge to point out his decision not to testify to the jury, claiming it violated the Fifth Amendment’s ban on a defendant’s compulsion to testify, and that the Fifth Amendment applied to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment.
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