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US v. Baptiste, 07-4493

Conviction of defendant for drug related crimes is affirmed where: 1) without a showing that alleged intimidation prejudiced defendant, it cannot be found that the court's failure conduct voir dire following the allegations of intimidation affected his substantial rights; 2) the district court did not plainly err in finding that witness's methodology was sufficiently reliable to allow him to testify as an expert; 3) defendant failed to show that the alleged lack of clear distinction between the witness's role as a fact witness and his role as an expert witness actually affected the outcome of the trial; and 4) the district court did not plainly err in allowing the prosecutor's closing argument.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 12/02/2009
  • Decided 02/26/2010
  • Published 02/26/2010

Judges

  • Before WILKINSON, GREGORY, and DUNCAN, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States Fourth Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellees:
  • ARGUED:Gary Proctor, Law Offices of Gary E. Proctor, LLC, Baltimore, Maryland, for Appellant. John Francis Purcell, Jr., Office of the United States Attorney, Baltimore, Maryland, for Appellee. ON BRIEF:Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney, Baltimore, Maryland, for Appellee.

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