United States v. Phillipos, No. 15-1716 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Defendant was convicted on two counts of making false statements to federal authorities regarding his possible participation in the Boston Marathon bombing. Defendant appealed, challenging, in part, the district court’s admission into evidence of a signed confession in which Defendant admitted to making the false statements at issue during informal interviews with federal agents. The First Circuit affirmed the convictions, holding that the district court did not err in (1) admitting the confession at trial; (2) excluding testimony from Defendant’s proposed expert on false confessions without first conducting a hearing under Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and (3) in denying Defendant’s motion for acquittal.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on August 3, 2017.