U.S. v. Taylor

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Criminal Court
Case Number: 
No. 11-3607
Decision Date: 
November 30, 2012
Federal District: 
N.D. Ill., E. Div.
In prosecution on felon in possession of firearm charge stemming from incident in which defendant and two of his relatives were accused of shooting rival gang members, Dist. Ct. did not err in denying defendant's motion in limine to preclude govt. from introducing evidence of two other firearms that were found near arrest scene and were linked to said relatives who were with defendant at time of arrest. Ct. rejected defendant's argument that admission of evidence regarding said firearms constituted improper propensity evidence where Ct. found that said evidence was relevant to show that it was more likely that defendant possessed third firearm recovered at arrest scene and to also bolster testimony of eye-witness who claimed that all three individuals participated in shooting.