United States v. Feliz, No. 13-2204 (1st Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Defendant, a youth with no prior record, was convicted of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. Defendant’s convictions were largely based on two written confessions. Defendant appealed the denial of his motion to suppress the confessions as involuntary, asserting that the confessions were the result of officers threatening his mother with deportation and his siblings with being put into state custody. The First Circuit vacated the judgment of conviction, holding that the district court erroneously excluded from consideration critical evidence of coercion on hearsay grounds, and therefore, the Court could not conclude that the confessions were voluntary. Remanded for a new suppression hearing.