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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
United States v. King
Citation:632 F.3d 646 (10th Cir. 2011)
Jerrel Montel King (Defendant) was found behaving suspiciously near an apartment complex, and police officers took him into custody. They found that he had a gun in his car, as well as cash and a set of scales with marijuana residue in his pockets. He was found guilty of one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 924. He appealed his conviction only as to the firearms count to the Tenth Circuit. He argued that the government presented insufficient evidence to show either that he “possessed” the firearm or that he did so “in furtherance” of a drug-trafficking crime.
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