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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
United States v. Sarraj
Citation:665 F. 3d 916 (7th Cir. 2012)
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Defendant was attacked in his home by two associates. After his attackers were sentenced to ten days in jail, defendant became angry and stated in open court that he would find guns and shoot them if he ever encountered them again, even though he was a convicted felon who knew that he could not be in legal possession of a firearm. Defendant asked an acquaintance with help getting a firearm with the serial numbers filed off. Defendant’s acquaintance was a confidential informant with the government, so agents prepared to pose as gun sellers selecting weapons from their collection of guns for use in reverse-sting operations. The sting was carried out and defendant purchased two guns that were manufactured outside the state of Illinois. The location of their manufacturing was not discussed in the sale. Defendant was arrested walking from the sale to his vehicle and he was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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