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Taylor v. Kentucky

United States Supreme Court
436 U.S. 478 (1978)


Facts

Taylor (defendant) was tried for robbery in the state of Kentucky (plaintiff). The prosecutor read the indictment to the jury during voir dire. Taylor requested jury instructions explaining the presumption of innocence and advising that the indictment was not evidence of guilt. The trial court denied the requests for instructions. Taylor was convicted and appealed on grounds that failure to provide the requested instructions violated his right to a fair trial as guaranteed by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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