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Poor Quality Recordings

Where a District Court admitted sound and video recordings of controlled drug buys in defendant’s trial for drug trafficking, the recordings were not of such poor quality that their probative value was outweighed by unfair prejudice, and even if admission ...

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Multiplicitous Counts

Where the District Court recognized that charging a defendant with two violations for one act improperly exposed him to multiplicitous counts and so merged the count, the government may present evidence that a defendant is both a felon and a ...

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Methamphetamine; Evidence

Where a criminal defendant convicted of methamphetamine charges objected to the introduction of evidence that he restrained, beat and tattooed a man in an effort to obtain payment for drugs, the evidence was properly admitted. The victim was threatened with ...

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Methamphetamine; ‘Organizer’

Where the District Court applied a four-level increase to the sentence of a criminal defendant based on a finding that he was an “organizer” of a criminal activity involving five or more people, the evidence showed that defendant recruited other ...

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Right to Call; Fifth Amendment

Where a criminal defendant did not meet his burden of showing that testimony of a witness, who also faced charges arising from the drug transaction, would be material and favorable to his defense, the District Court did not violate the ...

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