United States Supreme Court
447 U.S. 231 (1980)
Jenkins (defendant) killed a man in a stabbing incident. Jenkins reported the incident to his probation officer two weeks after the stabbing. Jenkins asserted the affirmative defense of self-defense. At trial, the prosecution questioned Jenkins about the delay between the stabbing and his decision to report the incident. The prosecution referred to Jenkins’ prearrest silence again during closing arguments. Jenkins was convicted and his conviction was upheld through the appeals process. Jenkins petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Powell, J.)
Dissent (Marshall, J.)
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