Griffin v. California, 380 U.S. 609 (1965), was a U.S. Supreme Court case in which the court ruled that it is a violation of a defendant's Fifth Amendment rights for the prosecutor to comment to the jury on the defendant's refusal to testify, or for the judge to instruct the jury that invoking the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination is evidence of guilt (the “no comment” rule). The ruling specified that this applied to the states through the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.


Edward Dean Griffin had been convicted ...

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