United States First Circuit

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US v. Valbrun, 16-1806

Affirming the conviction of a man for drug-trafficking in a case where a substantial portion of the evidence came from wiretapped phone conversations because the introduction of the drug kingpin's testimony interpreting coded drug talk, which was not an abuse of discretion and the defendant's dispute about the meaning of some words was an issue of the weight of the testimony, not its admissibility, and a court instruction about willful blindness was not in error because circumstantial evidence alone was sufficient to permit a factfinder to infer guilty knowledge.

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  • Argued
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  • Decided
  • Published 2017/12/15




  • United States First Circuit


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