May 19th, 2019
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States v. Jones
Dockets: 18-50086, 18-50088
Opinion Date: May 16, 2019
Judge: Stephen Andrew Higginson
Areas of Law: Criminal Law
The Fifth Circuit vacated defendant's conviction for possessing and conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The court held that defendant's rights under the Confrontation Clause were violated when a law enforcement officer testified that he knew defendant received a large amount of methamphetamine because of what the officer was told by a confidential informant. Furthermore, the error was not invited by the defense and was not harmless. The court also vacated the related revocation of supervised release and remanded for further proceedings.
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