United States Fifth Circuit

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US v. BELL, 03-60253, 03-60254

Convictions of aggravated sexual abuse on an Indian reservation are affirmed. Allowing the sister of a deaf and mute victim to interpret his testimony was not error; allowing the introduction of portions of one defendant's statement at the other defendant's trial violated the Confrontation Clause, but the error was harmless.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/20/2004
  • Published 04/20/2004

Judges

  • DeMOSS, Circuit Judge:, Before DeMOSS, DENNIS and PRADO, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States Fifth Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Kenneth Harold Coghlan (argued), Rayburn Law Firm, Oxford, MS, for Bell., John James Fraiser, III (argued), Choctaw Legal Defense, Choctaw, MS, for Cotton.

  • For Appellees:
  • Paul David Roberts, Asst. U.S. Atty. (argued), Oxford, MS, for Plaintiff-Appellee.