Defendant's drug and firearm convictions are affirmed, where: 1) proof of a defendant's prior felony convictions is admissible for purposes of proving an 18 U.S.C. section 922(g)(1) violation, even if the prior convictions are constitutionally deficient; and 2) defendant's state-law right to possess a firearm was never restored, and thus the Section 921(a)(20) exemption did not apply.
Argued: October 24, 2008
Decided and Filed: August 7, 2009
Opinion by Judge Boggs
Dissent by Judge Merritt