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US v. Smith, No. 09-1036

By FindLaw Staff on January 05, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Defendant's conviction for aggravated sexual abuse of a child is affirmed where: 1) the district court was not required to make a finding on the record as to each of the Fed. R. Evid. 807 requirements and the Thunder Horse factors as long as the record demonstrated that the district court considered the relevant factors; 2) because defendant did not show that playing the entire DVD recording of the forensic interview with the victim had a substantial influence on the jury's verdict, any error in admitting it was harmless; and 3) a witness was qualified to give her lay opinion based on her personal knowledge and perception of the victim and her experience performing forensic interviews of allegedly abused children.

Read US v. Smith, No. 09-1036

Appellate Information

Submitted: October 22, 2009

Filed: January 5, 2010


Opinion by Judge Gruender

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