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United States v. Peterson

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
100 F.3d 7 (1996)


Facts

Shawn Peterson (defendant) was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon after police discovered handguns and ammunition in a knapsack Peterson was wearing. During the grand-jury hearing, Peterson testified that another person had given the knapsack to him to hold moments before the police approached him for questioning. At his trial, Peterson invoked his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination and did not testify. Instead, Peterson sought to introduce his grand-jury testimony regarding his claim that someone else gave him the knapsack. The district court held that the grand-jury testimony was inadmissible hearsay, and Peterson appealed his conviction, arguing that the district court erred in finding the testimony inadmissible.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Kearse, J.)

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