New opinion allowing overview testimony at a criminal trial

U.S. v. Lacerda—criminal—affirmance—Porter

The Third Circuit today affirmed three defendants’ convictions for mail and wire fraud arising from a business that purported to help customers cancel or modify their vacation-property timeshare. The court held that it was not an abuse of discretion to admit testimony from an FBI special agent providing a lengthy narrative overview of the investigation. The court also rejected a long list of challenges to the defendants’ convictions and sentences.

Joining Porter were McKee and Roth. The case was decided without oral argument.