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Adamson v. California

United States Supreme Court
332 U.S. 46 (1947)


Adamson (defendant) was on trial for first-degree murder in the Superior Court of the State of California. Adamson chose not to testify regarding the evidence admitted against him. The Superior Court instructed the jury that, under California law, it could infer Adamson’s guilt from the fact that he did not deny the evidence against him. The jury found Adamson guilty. Adamson challenged the California law as violating the Fourteenth Amendment. The California Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's judgment.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Reed, J.)

Concurrence (Frankfurter, J.)

Dissent (Murphy, J.)

Dissent (Black, J.)

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