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United States v. Adedoyin

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
369 F.3d 337 (2004)


Facts

Adedoyin Famakinde, a Nigerian national, pleaded nolo contendere to a felony in California in 1981. In 1985, an immigration judge deported Adedoyin. In 1994, Adedoyin obtained a visa to return to the United States. Adedoyin did not disclose his California felony conviction on his visa application as required. In 2001, Adedoyin was indicted for illegal entry and misuse of visas. At his trial, the government submitted the certified copy of Adedoyin’s 1981 felony conviction to establish that Adedoyin had a felony conviction that he should have disclosed on his visa application. The trial court admitted the certified copy over Adedoyin’s objection. Following his conviction, Adedoyin appealed, arguing that the certified copy of his felony conviction was inadmissible.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Greenberg, J.)

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