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United States v. Sanders
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Carlos Sanders and a co-defendant Ricky Alston were inmates at Lorton Reformatory and were indicted for assaulting fellow inmate Bobby Jenkins with a schank. Before trial, Sanders filed a motion in limine to exclude evidence of his prior convictions. The court granted this motion in part by prohibiting Sanders about a stabbing for which he was acquitted and for an armed robbery for which his conviction was reversed. However, the court declined to preclude the government from cross-examining Sanders about his prior assault and contraband possession convictions. A jury convicted Sanders of possession of the shank and could not reach a verdict on the assault count. The court declared a mistrial and before the second trial Sanders renewed his motion in limine. In the second trial, the jury returned a verdict of the lesser included offense of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm. Sanders challenges his convictions from both trials.
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