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United States v. Beaty

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
722 F.2d 1090 (1983)


Facts

The United States government (plaintiff) successfully prosecuted William Beaty and John Ballouz (defendants) for several offenses arising from an unsuccessful drug smuggling operation. Both Beaty and Ballouz appealed their convictions to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, claiming prejudicial error. Beaty claimed that the trial judge improperly questioned a government witness in order to rehabilitate her testimony at a particularly sensitive point in the trial. Beaty also claimed the judge prejudicially implied skepticism of her case by frequently rejecting and rebuking defense counsel's attempt to introduce evidence. Ballouz claimed that the trial judge prejudiced the jury through extended hostile questioning of Ballouz's witnesses.

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