United States v. Soto-Beníquez

356 F.3d 1 (2003)

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United States v. Soto-Beníquez

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
356 F.3d 1 (2003)

Facts

The federal government (plaintiff) prosecuted William Soto-Beníquez and others (defendants) in a drug-distribution conspiracy involving multiple murders. Police seized a gun purportedly used in several of the killings from one of the accused. Defense counsel objected to admission of a photograph of the gun on the ground that no reliable evidence proved the photograph showed the same gun as the one seized. But specific markings on the gun in the photograph matched the description in the police report, and the arresting officer testified that the photograph showed the same gun. The trial court admitted the photograph and convicted. Soto- Beníquez and the others appealed on multiple grounds, including admission of the photograph.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Lynch, J.)

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