United States v. Watson, No. 11-1294 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Defendant was convicted, after a four-day trial, of attempting to kill a federal witness with intent to prevent testimony and communication with law enforcement. Defendant was sentenced to 360 months' imprisonment. Defendant appealed, challenging several of the district court's evidentiary rulings and asserting that the prosecution's allegedly improper closing argument severely prejudiced his case. The First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction, holding (1) the district court did not err in admitting certain documents and testimony at trial; and (2) statements made by the prosecutor in rebuttal to defense counsel's closing argument, though perhaps improper, did not amount to plain error.