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United States v. Perrault, 995 F.3d 748 (10th Cir. Apr. 21, 2021)

Apr 21, 2021

A well-known priest in the community appealed his conviction on seven counts of sexual abuse, arguing that the jury pre-determined his guilt and the trial court abused its discretion in allowing so many former victims to testify.  Affirming, the Tenth Circuit provided a detailed analysis of the standards governing a claim of presumed or actual jury prejudice in a criminal case.  The Tenth Circuit also held that district court did not abuse its discretion when it permitted multiple witnesses, who were minors when the events occurred approximately twenty years earlier, to testify about uncharged conduct under Federal Rule of Evidence 414.