United States v. Smith

Defendant filed a 28 U.S.C. 2255 motion challenging the jury instruction given in his underlying trial for witness tampering. Defendant argued that the instruction misstated the federal nexus required for the offense in light of Fowler v. United States. The court affirmed the district court's order denying defendant's section 2255 motion, concluding that the instructional error did not have a substantial and injurious effect or influence in determining the jury's verdict. View "United States v. Smith" on Justia Law