The defendant was convicted of negligent homicide as the result of a collision between his car and another, in which an occupant of the other car was killed. The trial court charged the jury, inter alia, "The court submits the case to you for your determination. The view of the court is that under the law there is only one verdict that can be found by the jury under the evidence in this case in its most favorable light." This was objected to by the defendant as error. Held, the instruction was in effect a direction of a verdict of guilty and, as such, deprived the defendant of his constitutional right to a trial by jury. People v. Clark, 295 Mich. 704, 295 N. W. 370 (1940).
Michigan Law Review,
CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE-JURY TRIAL- DIRECTED VERDICT OF GUILTY- MICHIGAN RULE,
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