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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
Rehaif v. United States
Citation:139 S. Ct. 21919 (2019)
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Defendant is from the United Arab Emirates, and was enrolled in an American University. He was in the county under a student vias, but after receiving poor grades was dismissed. The university told him that his immigration status would be terminated if he did not transfer to another university or leave the county. He did neither and went to a firing range where he shot multiple firearms. The government learned about his target practice and prosecuted him for possessing a firearm as an illegal alien. The district court instructed the jury that they only needed to find that the defendant knew he was in possession of a firearm to be convicted under both18 U.S.C. § 992(g) and 18 U.S.C. § 924(a)(2). The jury found him guilty and the circuit court affirmed.
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