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WPIC 6.21 Evidence of Flight

11 WAPRAC WPIC 6.21Washington Practice Series TMWashington Pattern Jury Instructions--Criminal

11 Wash. Prac., Pattern Jury Instr. Crim. WPIC 6.21 (5th Ed)
Washington Practice Series TM
Washington Pattern Jury Instructions--Criminal
January 2024 Update
Washington State Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions
Part II. Evidence and Guides for Its Consideration
WPIC CHAPTER 6. Evaluation of Evidence
WPIC 6.21 Evidence of Flight
(The WPI Committee recommends that no instruction be given on this subject.)
It is the view of the WPI Committee that an instruction on flight singles out and emphasizes particular evidence and for that reason should not be given. The fact of flight and the inferences therefrom may be argued to the jury under the circumstantial evidence instruction in a proper case.
Even though a defendant's flight to avoid prosecution may be admissible evidence to prove guilt, it should not be the subject of a jury instruction. State v. Reed, 25 Wn.App. 46, 604 P.2d 1330 (1979).
[Current as of December 2018.]
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