The appellant challenges a jury verdict finding him guilty of alleged unlawful possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. The district court abused its discretion in admitting certain testimony that attempted to describe the appellant's alleged gang membership and connect it with illegal firearms. Because the evidence of guilt was sparse, and the prejudice that comes with gang membership may be great, there is a reasonable possibility that the improperly admitted evidence contributed to the conviction. The district court's judgment is reversed and remanded.
United States v. Hamilton
July 25, 2013