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United States v. Hearst
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
563 F.2d 1331 (1977)
Patty Hearst (defendant) was charged with bank robbery. Hearst raised the defense of duress, claiming that her codefendants had forced her to commit the robbery. At trial, over Hearst’s objection, the prosecution introduced evidence that she took part in another robbery and a kidnapping approximately one month afterward. During the second robbery, Hearst waited in the getaway car and fired a rifle when one of her codefendants was about to be caught. Additionally, the victim of the kidnapping testified that Hearst did not escape the incident when she had a chance to do so. Hearst was convicted, and she appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
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