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United States v. Dominguez
Citation:907 F.2d 216 (1st Cir. 1990) (sub nom. United States v. Maravilla)
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The defendant was a U.S. Customs officer charged with a multitude of crimes including kidnapping, robbery, and murder. The defendant allegedly killed a foreign national who tried to cary $700,000 into the United States. After presenting evidence that a gunshot killed the victim, the government introduced evidence that: 1) the defendant owned a gun; 2) that a week after the victim’s death, the defendant asked his friend to bring his gun to a gun shop and have the barrel replaced; 3) that the gun shop owner saw scratches on the barrel; and 4) that the shop owner repaired the barrel. The defendant argued that this evidence was irrelevant and unfairly prejudicial because a U.S. Customs officer is required to own a gun.
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