United States v. Hakimi, No. 11-5364 (2d Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Defendant appealed his conviction for conspiracy and attempt to possess and distribute controlled substances. On appeal, the government challenged the district court's grant of defendant's motion for judgment of acquittal based upon the sufficiency of the evidence. The court held that a rational trier of fact could have found the elements of the charged crimes proven beyond a reasonable doubt where the jury was entitled to infer that defendant's knowledge that the highly valuable bag that he was poised to receive from a co-conspirator contained illegal drugs. Accordingly, the court reversed and remanded for further proceedings.