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Rock v. Arkansas
Citation:483 U.S. 44 (1987)
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Defendant was charged with manslaughter for shooting her husband. To refresh her memory as to the precise details, she underwent hypnosis. After the hypnosis, she recalled exculpatory details that she did not have her finger on the trigger when the gun discharged. Other evidence later confirmed that the gun could accidentally fire without pulling the trigger. Petitioner’s claim that her testimony was impermissibly excluded is bottomed on her constitutional right to testify in her own defense.
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