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United States v. Feliz
Citation:794 F.3d 123(1st Cir. 2015)
The defendant was convicted in 2012 of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. His conviction was based largely on two written confessions. The defendant claimed that the confessions should be suppressed as involuntary. The magistrate judge heard testimony from two police officers that the confessions were freely made, and contrarily, from the defendant and his mother that threats were made against him if he did not confess. The district court excluded the defense testimony about the circumstances of the confessions involving police pressure as hearsay.
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