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Chapman v. California
United States Supreme Court
386 U.S. 18 (1967)
At Chapman’s (defendant) murder trial, the prosecutor commented on his failure to testify and told the jury that it could infer adverse consequences from his silence. That comment violated his privilege against self-incrimination under Griffin v. California, 380 U.S. 609 (1965). The Supreme Court of California held that the error was harmless. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Black, J.)
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