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United States v. Jackson

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
405 F. Supp. 938 (E.D.N.Y. 1975)


A bank in New York was robbed on August 23, 1971. Video and eyewitness accounts were unable to establish the identity of the bank robber. Jackson (defendant) was arrested in Georgia on November 7, 1971 when a local policeman thought Jackson was acting suspiciously in an area where an armed robbery had just taken place. Stopped at a traffic check, Jackson had false identification but no license and was arrested for driving without a license. Police also found several guns in the car. Jackson later escaped from a Georgia jail. Jackson was charged with the bank robbery in New York. At his trial, the prosecution sought to use the evidence that Jackson was in Georgia and used a fake name as evidence that he was fleeing as result of the robbery. Jackson had also been indicted for assault in New York in July 1971. Jackson made a pretrial motion to exclude the evidence that he used a false name when he was arrested in Georgia.

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