Thursday, December 5, 2013

United States v. Singer case brief

United States v. Singer case brief summary
687 F.2d 1135 (1983)

Defendants sought review of an order from the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, which convicted them of drug-related offenses. The main assertion was that they were deprived of a fair trial due to the actions of the district judge.

After defendants were accused and convicted of several drug-related offenses they sought review asserting that they were deprived of a fair trial due to the actions and comments of the district judge during their trial.


  • On review, the court observed that the trial judge played an active role in the lengthy, complex trial, but, after a careful reading of the transcript there was no firm impression that his commentary and questioning resulted in fundamental unfairness or specific prejudice to defendants. 
  • The court found that the trial judge did not evince the attitude of an advocate for the government, nor did his attitude create sympathy for the prosecution and he aided both government and defense counsel in pursuing a proper course of questioning. 
  • In sum, after a complete review of the record and an analysis of the trial judge's involvement with the case, the court found that defendants received a fair trial. 
  • The judgments were affirmed accordingly.

The drug-related convictions were affirmed.

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