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United States v. Doss
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
630 F.3d 1181 (2011)
Juan Rico Doss (defendant) was indicted for sex trafficking of children and transportation of minors into prostitution. At Doss’s first trial, the government attempted to call C. F., a minor, to testify, but she refused. The jury was unable to reach a verdict, and a mistrial resulted. A grand jury subsequently issued a superseding indictment against Doss, adding charges of witness tampering with respect to C. F. and Doss’s wife, Jacquay Ford. At Doss’s second trial, the prosecution presented evidence that Doss told C. F. that testifying would be bad for her and that she should implicate her former pimp. There was also evidence that Doss wrote letters to Ford urging her to refuse to testify against him based on their marital status. Doss moved for an acquittal on all counts. The district court denied the motion, and a jury convicted Doss on all counts. Doss appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hawkins, J.)
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