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United States v. Thompson
United States District Court for the Western District of New York
178 F. Supp. 3d 86 (2016)
Anthony Thompson (defendant) was charged with crimes, including sex trafficking. In the indictment, the United States (plaintiff) alleged that Thompson recruited three women to work as prostitutes for his commercial-sex business. The government further alleged that Thompson used physical and psychological coercion to control the women and that Thompson forced the women to engage in commercial sex acts and then give him the money they earned. Before trial, the government filed a motion in limine seeking to prevent Thompson from introducing evidence of his victims’ sexual behavior, including prostitution, both before and after the relevant time period alleged in the indictment. Thompson argued that excluding the evidence would violate his Fifth Amendment right to present a defense and his rights under the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Arcara, J.)
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