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Griffin v. California
Citation:380 U.S. 609, 85 S.Ct. 1229, 14 L.Ed.2d 106 (1965)
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Griffin (defendant) was charged with first-degree murder. He did not testify at trial on the issue of guilt. The trial court instructed the jury that the defendant had a constitutional right not to testify, but added that the jury may take his failure to deny or explain the prosecution’s incriminating evidence as tending to indicate the truth of that evidence. The jury convicted Griffin and sentenced him to death.
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