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United States v. Castillo
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
140 F.3d 874 (1998)
A federal jury convicted Serefino Castillo (defendant) of four counts of sexual abuse and four counts of sexual abuse of a minor based on four specific incidents involving Castillo’s daughters, NC and CC. Over Castillo’s objection, the district court allowed NC and CC to testify to three additional uncharged acts of sexual abuse, finding the acts admissible under Federal Rule of Evidence 414. The district court also briefly stated that this other-act testimony was relevant and that its probative value was not substantially outweighed by any prejudice. Castillo appealed from his conviction, arguing in relevant part that Rule 414 violated his rights to due process and equal protection under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution and his right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Tacha, J.)
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