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United States v. Davis

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
726 F.3d 434 (3d Cir. 2013)


Terrell Davis (defendant) was found with a kilogram of cocaine in his car’s backseat. At trial, the judge allowed the prosecution to introduce, over Davis’s objection, Davis’s two prior convictions for possessing cocaine. The judge admitted the convictions, not as evidence of Davis’s propensity to possess cocaine, but as evidence of Davis’s knowledge that the substance in the back of his car was, in fact, cocaine. The prosecution did not demonstrate at trial that the cocaine in Davis’s car was similar in appearance, texture, or form to the cocaine that was the subject of Davis’s prior possession convictions. Davis was convicted of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute. Davis appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Smith, J.)

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