United States v. Manske case brief summary
186 F.3d 770 (1999)
Defendant-appellant sought review of a
decision by the United States District Court for the Western District
of Wisconsin, which convicted him of conspiracy to distribute cocaine
in violation of 21 U.S.C.S. § 846.
CASE FACTS Defendant-appellant was charged with
conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Prior to trial, respondent
government made a motion in limine to bar defendant from questioning
a witness, who was also a co-defendant, regarding threats that the
witness had made and potential bias. The court granted the motion.
Defendant was convicted and sought review. Defendant argued that the
limitation of cross-examination was improper because the threats made
by the witness were probative of the witness' truthfulness or
The court reversed the conviction and remanded. It
found the trial court erred when it granted the motion in limine
because the limitation impacted defendant's U.S. Constitutional
Amendment VI right to confront witnesses and because bias was
one of the acceptable methods for attacking a witness' credibility.
The court reversed defendant-appellant's conviction and remanded
for a new trial because the trial court erred when it limited
defendant's cross-examination of key witnesses. Recommended Supplements and Study Aids for Evidence
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