United States v. Pereira, No. 15-1669 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Defendant was convicted of conspiring to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute and aiding and abetting others to posses cocaine with the intent to distribute. Defendant appealed, arguing that he was entitled to a new trial of the prosecutor’s improper questioning that compelled him to comment on the veracity of two cooperating government witnesses, a problem that was compounded by improper judicial intervention in support of the prosecutor’s questions. The First Circuit vacated Defendant’s conviction and remanded for a new trial, holding that the government’s questions were extensive and improper, and the preserved errors were not harmless.