Case Detail
CitationUnited States v. Vaughn, 248 F.3d 1154 (6th Cir. 1998)
CrimeNon-violent, other
StateOH
Pros. First NameUKN
Pros. Last NameUKN
FederalYes
Trial Year1995
BodyAppeals court
OpinionThe Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the prosecutor's closing argument, which stated that the defendant waited till he took the stand to accuse the officers of planting a gun on him, violated the defendant's right to remain silent. "Vaughn's story is neither transparently frivolous nor totally implausible" and "the prosecutor's comments concerning Vaughn's silence were not harmless beyond a reasonable doubt."
Determination Year1998
Misconduct TypeTR: Inadmissible
TR: Inflammatory
C/S EffectNew trial
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
SanctionsUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
Web linkhttp://bradheath.org/ire/justice-in-the-balance-supplement.pdf