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Gustafson v. State

Supreme Court of Arkansas
590 S.W.2d 853 (Ark. 1979)


Facts

Jack Gustafson (defendant) was charged with burglary, attempted theft, and solicitation of murder. At trial, he testified in his own defense. On cross-examination, the prosecution asked Gustafson if, unrelated to the charges at trial, he was guilty of knowingly possessing a stolen pickup truck. Gustafson claimed his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, but the trial judge ordered him to answer. Gustafson answered that he had knowingly possessed the truck. The Independence County Circuit Court convicted Gustafson. He appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hickman, J.)

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