U.S. v. Pollock

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Criminal Court
Case Number: 
No. 13-2764
Decision Date: 
July 1, 2014
Federal District: 
C.D. Ill.
In prosecution on charge of unlawful possession of firearm by felon, Dist. Ct. did not err in giving instruction that informed jury that govt. had to prove that “defendant knowingly possessed a firearm.” While defendant argued that instruction was defective because jury was required to unanimously agree that he possessed specific firearm in order to convict him under 18 USC section 922(g), Ct. found that possession of specific firearm was not element of charged offense. Ct. further held that prosecutor’s repeated misstatement regarding caliber size of firearm at issue in charged offense did not deprive defendant of fair trial.