The People v. VinesAnnotate this Case
Defendant was convicted, among other things, for murder and sentenced to death after robberies at two McDonald's restaurants. Defendant raised jury selection issues, evidentiary issues, prosecutorial misconduct issues, issues related to counsel, instructional issues, and issues related to the prejudicial "spillover" effect of errors. Defendant also asserted error in admission of victim impact evidence and challenged the constitutionality of California's death penalty law. The court rejected defendant's argument that the cumulative effect of the guilt and penalty phase of errors required reversal of his conviction and death sentence when no single error compelled reversal and held that, whether considered singly or in combination, any error or assumed error was nonprejudicial.