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US v. Harris, No. 07-4017

By FindLaw Staff on November 25, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

District court's conviction of defendant for being a felon in possession of a firearm and of possessing a mixture containing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute is affirmed as the court did not err in admitting: 1) testimony concerning defendant's prior drug sales as it was relevant to show that he intended to distribute the drugs he held; 2) testimony from defendant's girlfriend concerning a statement he made to her about having guns, the admission of which was harmless in light of his admission to the officers that he had stored two guns in her apartment that very morning; and 3) testimony from a police sergeant, even though it might have suggested defendant's membership in a gang, as the testimony helped establish that defendant had possessed the firearms.     

Read US v. Harris, No. 07-4017

Appellate Information

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division

Decided November 25, 2009


Before:  Easterbrook, Chief Judge, and Williams and Sykes, Circuit Judges

Opinion by Easterbrook, Chief Judge

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