United States v. Thompson, No. 12-31203 (5th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Defendant appealed his conviction for violations of federal drug and gun laws. The court rejected defendant's Batson challenge, concluding that, for Juror 23 and 37, the district court found the prosecutor's demeanor-based justification credible. The court also concluded that the evidence was sufficient for a rational jury to find that defendant was a voluntary participant in a drug conspiracy and that defendant possessed firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. Accordingly, the court affirmed the conviction.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on November 19, 2013.