What is the test for interpreting a jury's verdict in a sexual assault case?

California, United States of America


The following excerpt is from People v. Mendez, F063497 (Cal. App. 2013):

Where a verdict is ambiguous it must be construed "'"in light of the issues submitted to the jury and the instructions of the court." [Citations.]' [Citations.]" (People v. Jones (1997) 58 Cal.App.4th 693, 710.) It also must "be read in light of the charging instrument and the plea entered by the defendant. [Citations.]" (People v. Paul (1998) 18 Cal.4th 698, 706.)

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