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People v. Adamson

Supreme Court of California
165 P.2d 3 (Cal. 1946)


Facts

Stella Blauvelt was found murdered. There was evidence that Blauvelt was wearing stockings on the day she was murdered. However, when Blauvelt’s body was found, she was not wearing any stockings. A lower part of a stocking with the top torn off was found under Blauvelt’s body. Admiral Dewey Adamson (defendant) was charged with the murder of Blauvelt. Adamson’s defense was that there was not enough evidence to identify him as the murderer. Over Adamson’s objection, the prosecution introduced into evidence the tops of three women’s stockings found in Adamson’s bedroom. These stocking tops did not match the stocking part found with Blauvelt’s body. Adamson was convicted. Adamson appealed, arguing that the stocking tops from his bedroom should not have been admitted into evidence, because they were not relevant.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Traynor, J.)

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