United States v. Eads, No. 12-2466 (7th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Eads, age 26, was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography and tampering with a potential witness. The district court cautioned him, but he chose to represent himself and stipulated that the images constituted child pornography, but claimed that he was being framed and that the images belonged to someone else. Over Eads’s objection, the district court allowed the government to introduce photographs and short video clips of the child pornography discovered on Eads’s home computer to show he knowingly possessed and distributed these images and telephone calls Eads made to his wife urging her to recant her earlier statements. Eads was convicted and the district court sentenced him to 480 months’ imprisonment. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, finding that the court adequately cautioned Eads about proceeding pro se, that the images were not unfairly prejudicial because the additional evidence of his guilt was overwhelming, and that there was sufficient evidence ofEads’s attempts to corruptly persuade his wife to testify falsely.