United States v. Sallins

993 F.2d 344 (1993)

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United States v. Sallins

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
993 F.2d 344 (1993)

Facts

Steven Sallins (defendant) was charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. At trial, the prosecution (plaintiff) sought to introduce evidence of a police radio dispatch to provide background explaining the actions of patrol officer Antonio Santiago. Specifically, Santiago testified, over Sallins’s objection, that as a result of hearing a police dispatch, he began looking for a Black male in black clothes carrying a gun. Santiago testified that he then found Sallins, who matched that description, and a gun that Sallins had recently discarded. In the prosecution’s closing argument, the prosecution referenced the details of the dispatch call and the match to Sallins’s clothes and complexion. Sallins was convicted, and he appealed, arguing that the details in the police dispatch were inadmissible hearsay.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Cowen, J.)

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