United States First Circuit

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US v. Fernandez-Jorge, 15-1900

Plaintiffs were found guilty of possessing firearms in a school zone. All plaintiffs moved for acquittal and the trial court denied as to all but one plaintiff. The plaintiffs who were denied acquittal appealed and the government also appealed the single acquittal. The appellate court held that sufficient evidence supported plaintiffs' school zone possession convictions; the district court gave erroneous jury instructions which required Count Three of the convictions to be vacated; and that the evidence did not support convictions for possession of a firearm as convicted felons, which required reversal of the count for those convictions.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2018/06/26


  • Torruella


  • United States First Circuit


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