In re Mikhel

453 F.3d 1137 (2006)

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In re Mikhel

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
453 F.3d 1137 (2006)

  • Written by Sharon Feldman, JD

Facts

Iouri Mikhel and others (collectively, Mikhel) (defendants) were charged with kidnapping for ransom and murdering five people. The United States (plaintiff) moved in limine to permit the murder victims’ family members to observe the entire trial. The district court denied the motion. The court ruled that to prevent collusive witness testimony and to ensure proper courtroom decorum, any relative of a victim who would be testifying would be excluded until he was called as a witness and would be permitted to remain in the courtroom after testifying. The United States petitioned the Ninth Circuit for a writ of mandamus ordering the district court to permit the victim’s relatives who would be testifying to remain in the courtroom during the entire trial.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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