CALCRIM No. 378. Consciousness of Guilt: General
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378.Consciousness of Guilt: General
If the defendant [or tried to
]<insert post-offense conduct>, that conduct
may show that (he/she) was aware of (his/her) guilt. If you conclude that
the defendant [or tried to
]<insert post-offense conduct>, it is up to you to
decide the meaning and importance of that conduct. However, evidence
that the defendant [or tried to
]<insert post-offense conduct> cannot prove
guilt by itself.
New March 2022
No authority imposes a duty to give this instruction sua sponte.
• Instructional Requirements. Evid. Code, § 355; People v. Pettigrew (2021) 62
Cal.App.5th 477, 497-500 [276 Cal.Rptr.3d 694]; People v. Butler (1970) 12
Cal.App.3d 189, 193 [90 Cal.Rptr. 497].
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