Case Detail
CitationUnited States v. Hands, 184 F.3d 1322 (11th Cir. 1999)
CrimeDrug crimes
StateAL
Pros. First NameUKN
Pros. Last NameUKN
FederalYes
Trial YearUKN
BodyTrial court
OpinionThe Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals wrote: "When assessing the effect of the evidentiary error upon the case as a whole, we also must consider the prosecutor's closing argument. The prosecutor conducted the argument in such an overzealous manner that the government itself, at oral argument, conceded that her behavior was wrong. First, the prosecutor deliberately and repeatedly used inflammatory language to describe Hands. She opened the statement with the words, 'There is an extremely wicked and vicious drug dealer in the courtroom today,' and continued in this vein for the entire argument. For example, she told the jury that Hands was a 'wicked, vicious ... 6-foot-5, 250-pound monster'; 'a wickedly vicious man, monster, drug dealer;' and a 'big, vicious, wicked, manipulating, cold-hearted, money-driven maniac.'"
Determination Year1999
Misconduct TypeTR: Inflammatory
TR: Vouching
C/S EffectNew trial
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
SanctionsUKN
Sanction TypeOther
Web linkhttp://openjurist.org/184/f3d/1322/united-states-v-hands