United States v. Woods, No. 11-4817 (4th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Defendant was convicted of numerous charges arising from a tax fraud scheme operated through his business of preparing income tax returns for private individuals. Defendant appealed. The court held that, although defendant's trial was affected by two errors - the prosecutor's improper statement and the district court's refusal to give the requested character evidence instruction - when considered both individually and cumulatively, did not warrant reversal of defendant's convictions. The court also held that the district court did not improperly restrict defendant's right to testify in his defense and correctly instructed the jury regarding the identity theft offenses. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.