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United States v. Yates
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
553 F.2d 518 (6th Cir. 1977)
Michael Yates (defendant) was charged with bank robbery. Yates signed a statement confessing to the crime, but later claimed that he did not know what he was signing and did not rob the bank. At trial, the prosecution sought to have the confession read aloud. The trial judge declined the request in front of the jury, saying, “It is clear in the record . . . that [Yates] did admit his participation in this bank robbery.” Yates was convicted. Yates appealed, arguing that the judge’s comments constituted reversible error.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Engel, J.)
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