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Criminal Law Keyed to Capers
Robinson v. California
Citation:370 U.S. 660 (1962)
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The appellant was convicted after a jury trial in the Municipal Court of Los Angeles. The evidence against him was given by two Los Angeles police officers. Officer Brown testified that he had had occasion to examine the appellant’s arms one evening on a street in Los Angeles some four months before the trial. The officer testified that at that time he had observed scar tissue and discoloration on the inside’ of the appellant’s right arm, and what appeared to be numerous needle marks and a scab which was approximately three inches below the crook of the elbow on the appellant’s left arm. The officer also testified that the appellant under questioning had admitted to the occasional use of narcotics. The trial judge instructed the jury that the statute made it a misdemeanor for a person either to use narcotics, or to be addicted to the use of narcotics.
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