Tag Archives: Alibi

CC 207: Proof Need Not Show Actual Date: Exception When Evidence Focuses on One Day to Exclusion of Others
September 5th, 2016

“[W]hen the prosecution’s proof establishes the offense occurred on a particular day to the exclusion of other dates, and when the defense is alibi (or lack of opportunity), [that] it is improper to give the jury an instruction using the ‘on or about’ language.” (People v. Jennings (1991) 53 Cal.3d 334, 358–359; People v. Gavin […]

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“On or About” Instruction Is Improper When The Defense Theory Is Predicated on the Alleged Timing of the Charged Offense
March 20th, 2015

  Ordinarily, the state need not prove the precise date on which an alleged offense occurs. (See PC 955.) CC 207 is the CALCRIM instruction on this point.   However, where the state charges a defendant with a criminal offense on occurring during particular dates — and when the dates form the basis of the […]

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Rejection or Disbelief of Alibi or Third Party Guilt Evidence
February 23rd, 2015

This post [0003 Centeno] discusses the problem of juror confusion regarding whether rejection or disbelief of defense evidence can supply proof that is missing from the prosecution’s evidence. This risk is particularly high with defenses such as alibi and third party guilt. The greatest danger of diluting the burden of proof in such cases is […]

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