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United States v. Hernandez
Citation:176 F.3d 719 (3d Cir. 1999)
The defendant was tried for of conspiring to obstruct interstate commerce by robbery and receiving or possessing goods stolen from commerce. The case involved the highjacking of a tractor trailer truck containing 494 cases of cigarettes. At the defendant’s trial, the district court utilized a procedure that allowed jurors to pose questions to witnesses. The questions were accomplished by the jurors handing the court written questions for the court’s review, after which attorneys for both parties were given time to make objections, followed by a hearing outside the presence of the jury to determine the admissibility and propriety of the question. These procedures were in line with past practice.
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