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Criminal Law Keyed to Gershowitz
Robinson v. California
Citation:370 U.S. 660, 82 S.Ct. 1417, 8 L.Ed.2d 758.
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The defendant was convicted after a jury trial under a California statute that made it a criminal offense to “be addicted to the use of narcotics.” The evidence presented against him at trial was testimony from two police officers. They testified that they examined his arms one evening and saw scar tissue, discoloration, and what appeared to be needle marks. They also said that the defendant admitted to the occasional use of narcotics after being questioned. There was no other proof offered that he used narcotics. The defendant denied the alleged conversation with the officers and denied the use of narcotics. He appealed.
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