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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
United States v. Gonzalez
Citation:407 F.3d 118 (2d Cir. 2005)
Gonzalez (Defendant) was convicted of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine. Gonzales had acted a translator for her common law husband, who was a drug dealer, on a phone call. She argued that one of her partner’s associates had threatened to kill her if her husband’s drug debts were not repaid, which is why she helped with translation. On appeal, she sought a new trial, arguing that the district court improperly precluded jury instructions on the defense of duress.
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