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Criminal Jury Instructions

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1.2-2 Nature of the Charges

Revised to December 1, 2007

This is a criminal case. The state has brought charges against <insert name of defendant> as follows: <read information>.

The information which I just read is not evidence. It is merely the formal means of accusing a person of a crime and bringing (him/her) to trial. You must not consider it as any evidence of the guilt of the defendant or draw any inference of guilt because the defendant has been arrested and formally charged. Each charge against the defendant is set forth in the information as a separate count, and you must consider each count separately in deciding this case.

<Identify each offense charged and summarize the elements.>



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