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Old Chief v. United States
Citation:519 U.S. 172, 117 S.Ct. 644, 136 L.Ed.2d 574
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In 1993, petitioner, Old Chief, was arrested after a fracas involving at least one gunshot. The ensuing federal charges included assault with a dangerous weapon and using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and violation of the federal statute. This statute makes it unlawful for anyone who has been convicted in any court of a crime to possess in or affecting commerce any firearm. The earlier crime charged in the indictment against Old Chief was assault causing serious bodily injury. Before trial, he moved for an order requiring the government to refrain from mentioning and to refrain from offering into evidence any testimony from any witness regarding the prior criminal convictions of the defendant, because revealing it would unfairly tax the jury’s capacity to hold the Government to its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt on current charges of assault, possession, and violence with a firearm.
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