Defendants' drug convictions are affirmed, where the government improperly used a law enforcement officer as the first witness in a multi-defendant drug prosecution to provide an "overview" of the prosecution's case, but it was highly probable that the testimony did not influence the verdict.
APPEALS FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO. Hon. Jay A. García-Gregory, U.S. District Judge
Decided: June 18, 2009
Before Torruella and Lipez, Circuit Judges, and DiClerico, of the District of New Hampshire, sitting by designation.
Opinion by Lipez, Circuit Judge.
Edward J. O'Brien for appellant Flores-de-Jesús.
Luis R. Rivera González for appellant Feliciano-Rodríguez.
Irma R. Valldejuli for appellant Sabino-Morales.
Vernon B. Miles, Assistant United States Attorney, with whom Rosa E. Rodriguez-Velez, United States Attorney, Nelson Pérez-Sosa, Assistant United States Attorney, Chief, Appellate Division, and German A. Rieckehoff, Assistant United States Attorney, were on brief, for appellee.