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United States v. Erramilli

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
788 F.3d 723 (2015)


In 2011, the federal government (plaintiff) prosecuted Srinivasa Erramilli (defendant) for knowingly engaging in nonconsensual sexual contact with Susan Domino, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2244(b). The trial evidence established that, while Erramilli and Domino were seated together on a crowded flight, he reached his hand into her shorts and squeezed her inner thigh. Domino protested and her husband alerted flight attendants. Erramilli was arrested when the plane landed. The trial judge denied Erramilli's motion, under Federal Rule of Evidence 403, to exclude the government's evidence of Erramilli's two prior convictions for similar in-flight incidents that occurred in 1999 and 2002. Erramilli admitted that both of those incidents involved his need to gratify himself sexually. The jury convicted Erramilli and he appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Tinder, J.)

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