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Criminal Practice Jury Instructions – Good Character Alone – New Rule – Manslaughter (access required)

Standing accused of murder, defendant presented evidence of his good character and unsuccessfully sought a jury instruction that “good character evidence alone may create a reasonable doubt as to the commission of the crime charged.” On direct appeal, defendant’s appellate counsel failed to raise the trial court’s refusal to give the “good character alone” charge, ...

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