Griffin v. California
Significance, A Remnant Of The Inquisitorial System, Unwarranted Inferences, Impact, Federal Circuit Court
State of California
That a prosecutor's comment on the fact that the defendant, Griffin, did not take the stand in a state criminal trial violated the Self-Incrimination Clause of the Fifth Amendment.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Albert W. Harris
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas (writing for the Court), Arthur Goldberg, John Marshall Harlan II
Potter Stewart, Byron R. White (Earl Warren did not participate)
Date of Decision
28 April 1965
State laws allowing adverse comment on the failure of a defendant to take the witness stand to deny or explain evidence violates a defendant's right not to incriminate himself.
- Wilson v. United States, 149 U.S. 60 (1893).
- Twining v. State of New Jersey, 211 U.S. 78 (1908).
- Adamson v. California, 332 U.S. 46 (1947).
- Malloy v. Hogan, 378 U.S. 1 (1964).
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