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California Court of Appeal

People v. Rodriguez , 073594

Reversed an inmate's conviction of assault with a deadly weapon and other offenses arising out of his involvement in a melee with some correctional officers. The inmate argued that the prosecutor committed the form of prejudicial misconduct known as vouching by arguing to the jury that the correctional officer witnesses would not lie because lying would destroy their careers and lead to their prosecution for perjury, even though no evidence of such consequences was presented. Agreeing, the California Fifth Appellate District reversed the defendant's conviction.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/08/29


  • Smith


  • California Court of Appeal


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