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United States v. DiPaolo

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
804 F.2d 225 (1986)


Facts

Nick DiPaolo, Edward Weather, and Paul Snyder (defendants) were convicted of crimes relating to a Postal Service robbery and intimidation and use of physical force against Lucille Barone and Joanne Barone. During their cross-examination of Joanne Barone, the defendants sought to cross-examine Joanne Barone about her drinking problem. The trial court held an in-camera hearing in which Joanne testified that, although she did have a drinking problem at points during her life, she was not drinking at the time she was assaulted and had been sober for at least a few weeks. Based on the in-camera hearing, the trial court did not permit the defendants to cross-examine Joanne about her drinking problem. Following their conviction, DiPaolo, Weather, and Snyder appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Oakes, J.)

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