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United States v. Lockett

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
919 F.2d 585 (9th Cir. 1990)


Facts

The Portland Police Bureau entered a house pursuant to a search warrant. Bradford Lockett (defendant) and other individuals were inside the house, along with 1,800 grams of cocaine, some of which was separated into small bags. According to one of the police officers, a room in the house looked like a cocaine-packaging assembly line. Lockett was charged with several cocaine-related crimes. At trial, the prosecution called Portland police officer Derrick Foxworth as an expert witness. Foxworth testified, over Lockett’s objection, that only the people intimately involved with a cocaine-packaging operation would be allowed at the house where the packaging occurred. Lockett was convicted. Lockett appealed, arguing that Foxworth’s testimony improperly gave an opinion about Lockett’s guilt.

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