CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether the trial court erred when it refused to instruct the jury on duress or coercion?
Defendant was convicted of robbing an individual of personal property belong to the United States. Defendant appealed. On appeal, defendant argued that the District Court erred when it refused to instruct the jury on duress or coercion. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the defendant failed to prove the existence of duress or coercion by a preponderance of the evidence. Accordingly, the District Court did not prohibit the defendant from arguing his theory of defense. Affirmed.
United States v. Sharron, 20-1427, Erickson, J. Appealed from United States District Court, District of Nebraska.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.