Adamson v. California

PETITIONER: Dewey Adamson
RESPONDENT: California
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: 102
DECIDED BY: Vinson Court (1946-1949)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Jan 15, 1947 / Jan 15, 1946 / Jan 16, 1947
DECIDED: Jun 23, 1947

Facts of the case

Adamson was convicted in California of murder in the first degree. During the trial, the prosecutor, in accordance with a California law, made comments to the jury which highlighted Adamson's decision not to testify on his own behalf.

Question

Is a defendant's Fifth Amendment right not to bear witness against himself applicable in state courts and protected by the Fourteenth Amendment's due process clause?