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United States v. Gomez

763 F.3d 845 (2014)

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United States v. Gomez

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

763 F.3d 845 (2014)

Facts

During an investigation of a cocaine drug ring, federal agents were attempting to identify a distributor known as Guero. A wiretap traced calls from Guero to the address of Nicolas Gomez (defendant). Gomez was charged for distribution in federal court. At trial, Gomez claimed that the true identity of Guero was his brother-in-law who lived at the same residence. In response, the government (plaintiff) introduced evidence that a small amount of cocaine was found in Gomez’s bedroom at the time of his arrest. The court admitted the evidence over Gomez’s objections, and Gomez was convicted. Gomez appealed, arguing that the court erred by admitting improper other-act evidence in violation of Federal Rule of Evidence 404(b)(1).

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Sykes, J.)

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