United States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Mark Stacey, Defendant-appellant, 452 F.2d 1204 (5th Cir. 1971)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - 452 F.2d 1204 (5th Cir. 1971)

Dec. 14, 1971

J. Marshall Gifford, Tallahassee, Fla. (Court-appointed), for defendant-appellant.

William H. Stafford, Jr., U. S. Atty., Stewart J. Carrouth, Tallahassee, Fla., for plaintiff-appellee.

Before JOHN R. BROWN, Chief Judge, and INGRAHAM and RONEY, Circuit Judges.


The errors claimed on the direct appeal of this conviction for interstate transportation of a stolen automobile concern the sequestration of a witness and the permissible range of questions concerning matters which tend to show bias and the incredibility of a witness. The law leaves both matters to the sound discretion of the trial judge. A reading of the whole record reveals no abuse of discretion.

In this case, the failure to sequester a witness did not rise to the level of denial of due process, as argued by defendant.



Rule 18, 5th Cir.; see Isbell Enterprises, Inc. v. Citizens Casualty Co. of New York et al, 5th Cir. 1970, 431 F.2d 409, Part I