United States v. Fields, No. 09-1108 (1st Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
Convicted of distribution of cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1)(2006), totaling five or more grams, within 1000 feet of a school, 21 U.S.C. 860, defendant was sentenced, as a career offender, to 216 months in prison. The First Circuit affirmed, rejecting a challenge based on the trial court's failure to define "reasonable doubt." The court also upheld the trial judge's handling of objections to references to the defendant being the target of a "sting operation," in light of the very strong evidence of guilt.