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People v. Cohens, No. E045468

By FindLaw Staff on November 10, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Defendant's conviction for willful infliction of corporal injury on a cohabitant and failure to register as a sex offender is affirmed where: 1) defendant's failure to object to jury instructions regarding the failure to register offense was not a waiver of right to appeal; 2) jury instructions were erroneous because the instructions did not require that the People prove that defendant actually knew he was required to register the address in particular; but 3) even if the instructions as to the actual knowledge requirements of the failure to register offense were erroneous, the error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt.     

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Filed November 9, 2009


Opinion by Judge Ramirez


For Appellant:  Jean Ballantine

For Appellee:  Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Attorney General, Dane R. Gillette, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Gary W. Schons, Assistant Attorney General, James D. Dutton, Alana Cohen Butler, and Scott C. Taylor, Deputy Attorneys General

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