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People v. Adams, S118045

Conviction and death sentence of defendant for three first degree murders, attempted murder, and carjacking is affirmed, where: 1) defendant failed to show any error in the prosecution's introduction of and comment on evidence of witness intimidation and fear of retaliation; 2) the admission of defendant's uncharged violent criminal conduct was relevant to the jury's penalty determination did not render the trial constitutionally unfair; 3) there is no cumulative effect of guilt and penalty phase error requiring reversal of the judgment; and 4) the death penalty does not violate international law, international norms of decency, or the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 10/30/2014
  • Published 10/30/2014

Judges

  • Cantil-Sakauye

Court

  • Supreme Court of California

Counsel