How have courts interpreted the definition of a sexual assault offence in a jury trial?

California, United States of America


The following excerpt is from People v. Stillwell, H041819 (Cal. App. 2016):

Trial courts have a duty to advise the jury of the legal principles necessary for a proper evaluation of the case. (See People v. DePriest (2007) 42 Cal.4th 1, 50.) Using the defining language from a statute is an appropriate way to inform the jury about the definition of the offense. (People v. Estrada (1995) 11 Cal.4th 568, 574; People v. Poggi (1988) 45 Cal.3d 306, 327.)

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