United States v. Blanchard, No. 15-1649 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s convictions, following a jury trial, of one count of aiding and abetting the interstate transportation of three victims for purposes of prostitution. The court held (1) the court did not abuse its discretion in admitting certain exhibits into evidence; (2) Defendant was not denied a fair trial because information concerning similar bad acts was presented to the jury via cross-examination when Defendant took the witness stand on his own behalf; (3) the evidence was sufficient to support the convictions; (4) Defendant’s claims of inadequate jury instructions were without merit; and (5) the district court correctly denied Defendant’s motion for a mistrial.