United States v. McDonald, No. 12-2056 (2d Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Defendant appealed his conviction on three federal fraud charges. The court concluded that the challenged jury instruction, considered in its context and circumstances, did not tend to coerce jurors into reaching a verdict; the instruction did not urge jurors to reconsider their views and defendant was not entitled to a further charge counseling jurors to hold fast to their conscientiously held beliefs; defendant's remaining arguments were without merit; and, therefore, the court affirmed the judgment of the district court.