United States of America, Appellee, v. Billy Austin Bryant, Appellant, 417 F.2d 636 (4th Cir. 1969)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 417 F.2d 636 (4th Cir. 1969) Argued November 4, 1969
Decided November 13, 1969

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Alexandria; Oren R. Lewis, Judge.

Gerald E. Williams, Arlington, Va., for appellant.

Brian P. Gettings, U. S. Atty., and Alfred D. Swersky, Asst. U. S. Atty., for appellee.

Before BRYAN and BUTZNER, Circuit Judges, and WIDENER, District Judge.


To set aside his conviction of escape from the District of Columbia Reformatory at Lorton, Virginia, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 751(a), Billy Austin Bryant assigns error to the trial court's reception at trial of a prosecution witness' answer on cross-examination. Assuming the ruling was erroneous, it was harmless. Certainly it does not justify reversal of the conviction, which is supported by copious evidence. Rule 52(a) F.R.Crim.P.