United States Second Circuit

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US v. George, 13‐2762

In this case, defendant was convicted of one count of harboring an illegal alien and an order of forfeiture of defendant's residence was entered. The judgment of conviction and order of forfeiture are affirmed, where: 1) the district court's jury instruction on "harboring" adequately communicated the required concealment aspect of that proscribed activity, and thus manifests no plain error; 2) the evidence was sufficient to permit a reasonable jury to find that defendant afforded shelter to an illegal alien for more than five years intending to help prevent detection of the alien by federal authorities; and 3) the forfeiture of defendant's equity interest in her home, when considered in light of the gravity of her crime of conviction, does not demonstrate gross disproportionality violative of the Eighth Amendment.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 02/25/2015
  • Published 02/25/2015

Judges

  • Raggi

Court

  • United States Second Circuit

Counsel