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.
- Decided 04/20/2004
- Published 04/20/2004
- DeMOSS, Circuit Judge:, Before DeMOSS, DENNIS and PRADO, Circuit Judges.
- United States Fifth Circuit
- 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.