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United States v. Lopez
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
662 F.Supp. 1083 (1987)
Ronald McIntosh (defendant) flew a helicopter onto the prison grounds where his girlfriend, Samantha Lopez, was incarcerated. He believed that prison officials had threatened Lopez’s life. He helped Lopez escape but the two were caught ten days later. Both were prosecuted for prison escape. At trial, McIntosh and Lopez sought to introduce the defense of necessity or duress. McIntosh’s proposed jury instructions stated that if the jury acquitted Lopez because she acted out of necessity or duress, the jury had to acquit McIntosh of aiding and abetting her escape.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lynch, J.)
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