United States v. Rivera-Ruperto, No. 13-2017 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Defendants - Rivera-Ruperto, Salinas-Acevedo, and Santiago-Cardero - were found guilty of various federal drug and firearms-related crimes. Each was sentenced to multiple years of imprisonment. For Rivera-Ruperto, this was the second of two trials. The First Circuit separately addressed Rivera-Ruperto’s challenges from the first trial in a decision also released today. Here the First Circuit addressed all three defendants’ appeals as to the second trial. The First Circuit affirmed, holding (1) each of Rivera-Ruperto’s challenges failed in this second appeal; (2) the district court did not err in preventing Salinas-Acevedo from presenting an entrapment defense at trial; and (3) as to Santiago-Cordero, the judge did not err in refusing to give an entrapment jury instruction and in denying his post-verdict motion for acquittal.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on January 24, 2017.