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United States v. Skipper

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
74 F.3d 608 (1996)


The United States government (plaintiff) prosecuted John Derrick Skipper (defendant) in federal court for possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute. At trial, the government introduced as evidence: (1) a copy, which bore Skipper's fingerprints, of a state court judgment against "John Derrick Skipper" for possession of a controlled substance and (2) a copy, bearing no fingerprints, of a state court deferred adjudication order placing "John D. Skipper" on probation for possession of a controlled substance. A jury convicted Skipper and he appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, arguing that the deferred adjudication order was inadmissible evidence.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Duhe, J.)

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