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US v. Woods, 11-4817

Defendant's convictions and sentence for numerous charges arising from a tax fraud scheme operated through his business of preparing income tax returns for private individuals is affirmed, where: 1) the district court did not abuse its discretion in its evidentiary rulings, did not act arbitrarily, and did not impose limitations on defendant's testimony that were disproportionate to legitimate concerns of evidentiary reliability or trial management, and thus the district court did not deprive defendant of his constitutional right to testify in his own defense; 2) the prosecutor's statement that defendant lied under oath was error but the outcome of the trial was not affected by the improper statement; 3) the district court erred in declining to include in its jury charge the pattern jury instruction regarding the character of the accused, but defendant was not prejudiced by the district court’s refusal to give that instruction; 4) the district court did not err in its instructions on identity theft and aggravated identity theft; and 5) the two errors, even when considered cumulatively, do not warrant reversal of defendant's convictions.

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  • Decided 03/18/2013
  • Published 03/18/2013




  • United States Fourth Circuit


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