TWINING v. NEW JERSEY

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Case Basics
Docket No. 
10
Petitioner 
Twining
Respondent 
New Jersey
Opinion 
Term:
Facts of the Case 

Twining, a bank director, was charged with a misdemeanor (deceiving a bank examiner). Twining declined to testify at his trial. Under New Jersey law, the prosecutor commented upon Twining's failure to testify. A jury convicted Twining; he appealed.

Question 

Does comment upon a defendant's failure to testify violate the Fourteenth Amendment?

Conclusion 

Neither the Privileges and Immunities Clause nor the Due Process Clause embraces the right against self-incrimination found in the Fifth Amendment. Moody rested the Court's opinion on the historical record, which led him to the view that the right against self-incrimination was not fundamental.

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