United States v. Mare, No. 09-1146 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Defendant owned and operated a beauty salon in downtown Boston that was lightly damaged by a fire in 2005. Investigators concluded that defendant had set the fire in order to collect insurance proceeds, and he was convicted of attempted arson, 18 U.S.C. 844(i). The First Circuit affirmed. The district court acted within its discretion in admitting testimony about defendant's conversation about his plan to commit arson and his involvement in an earlier arson and in refusing to declare a mistrial after the prosecutor began a line of questioning concerning polygraph evidence.