CALCRIM 372 - Interpretation

In People v. Rios (2007) 151 Cal.App.4th 1154, the court interpreted "aware" in CALCRIM No. 372's language that defendant "was aware of his guilt" as analogous to consciousness: "Since the dictionary defines 'consciousness' as 'special awareness or sensitivity: class consciousness; race consciousness', ipso facto the special awareness that the California Supreme Court allows a jury to infer from a flight instruction is 'guilt consciousness' (in the syntax of the dictionary) or 'consciousness of guilt' (in the syntax of the California Supreme Court)." (Rios, supra, at p. 1159.)