US v. Watkins, No. 08-11165 - U.S. Fifth Circuit
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US v. Watkins, No. 08-11165

Defendant's cocaine distribution conspiracy conviction is affirmed where: 1) because of the many similarities between the crime of conviction and the two previous drug runs by defendant, there was no error in the district court's determination that the evidence of the previous runs was relevant to establish how the conspiracy was structured and operated, and thus intrinsic; 2) certain testimony by an officer was offered to rehabilitate his assertion that defendant appeared deceptive during interrogation rather than for the truth of the assertion, and thus was not hearsay; and 3) given the amount of inculpatory evidence in the record, the jury was not irrational in finding defendant guilty of knowing, voluntary participation in the narcotics conspiracy.

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Appellate Information

Filed December 21, 2009

Judges

Opinion by Judge Garza