United States v. Newsom

452 F.3d 593 (2006)

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United States v. Newsom

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
452 F.3d 593 (2006)

Facts

Alexis Craig drove Kelvin Newsom (defendant) to Newsom’s mother’s home. While there, Newsom took an acquaintance’s car to get it detailed. Newsom was pulled over, and the officer found a gun under the driver’s seat. Newsom claimed that the gun was not his. Newsom was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. At trial, Newsom called Craig as a witness. Craig testified that she had never seen Newsom carry a gun. On cross-examination, the prosecution (plaintiff) asked Craig if she knew that Newsom had tattoos of firearms on his body. Craig responded that she did not. The district court permitted the question over Newsom’s objection on the ground that it went to Craig’s credibility regarding her statement that she had never seen Newsom carry a gun. Newsom was convicted, and he appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Gilman, J.)

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