No. 87-6997.

491 U.S. 263 (1989)

109 S.Ct. 2419

105 L.Ed.2d 218


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided June 15, 1989

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Christopher D. Cerf, by appointment of the Court, 488 U.S. 992, argued the cause pro hac vice and filed briefs for appellant.

Arnold T. Guminski argued the cause for appellee. With him on the brief were Ira Reiner and Harry B. Sondheim.*


On March 24, 1986, after a jury trial in the Municipal Court of Beverly Hills Judicial District, California, appellant Eugene Carella was convicted of grand theft for failure to return a rented car.1 At his trial, the court adopted the prosecution's requested instructions applying the statutory presumptions in Cal. Veh. Code Ann. § 10855 (West 1987)2

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