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United States v. Robinson

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
161 F.3d 463 (1998)


The United States (plaintiff) charged Richard Robinson (defendant) with two armed bank robberies in April 1997. Robinson pled guilty to the first robbery. At Robinson's trial for the second robbery, the government introduced evidence that: (1) Robinson admitted he robbed the first bank, (2) both robberies were committed in similar ways, (3) police arrested Robinson after a high-speed chase and struggle, and (4) police found Robinson in possession of evidence linking him to both robberies. The judge properly instructed the jury as to the purposes for which they could take the first robbery into account. The jury convicted Robinson and he appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Robinson argued that evidence relating to the first robbery should have been excluded because the two robberies were dissimilar and any probative value in the evidence was outweighed by its prejudicial impact.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Kanne, J.)

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