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Vasquez v. United States

Docket No.: 11-199
Certiorari Granted: 11/28/11
Argued: March 21, 2012
Decided: 04/02/12

Topics:

Miranda, Sixth Amendment, harmless error, harmless-error

PartyNames: Alexander Vasquez v. United States
Petitioner: Alexander Vasquez
Respondent: United States

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Citation: 635 F.3d 889
Supreme Court Docket

Alexander Vasquez
v.
United States
Question Presented:

1. Did the Seventh Circuit violate this Court's precedent on harmless error when it focused its harmless error analysis solely on the weight of the untainted evidence without considering the potential effect of the error (the erroneous admission of trial counsel's statements that his client would lose the case and should plead guilty for their truth) on this jury at all? 2. Did the Seventh Circuit violate Mr. Vasquez's Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial by determining that Mr. Vasquez should have been convicted without considering the effects of the district court's error on the jury that heard the case?

Question:

1. Did the court apply the correct test in determining that the introduction of conversations between Marina Perez and Vasquez’s counsel into evidence was harmless error? 2. Did this error violate Vasquez’s Sixth Amendment right to a trial by jury?

Note:

1. Did the Seventh Circuit violate this Court's precedent on harmless error when it focused its harmless error analysis solely on the weight of the untainted evidence without considering the potential effect of the error (the erroneous admission of trial counsel's statements that his client would lose the case and should plead guilty for their truth) on this jury at all? 2. Did the Seventh Circuit violate Mr. Vasquez's Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial by determining that Mr. Vasquez should have been convicted without considering the effects of the district court's error on the jury that heard the case?

Vasquez v. United States
ORAL ARGUMENT

03/21/12

Listen to Oral Argument in Vasquez v. United States
Holding: DISMISSED AS IMPROVIDENTLY GRANTED
Opinion By: Per Curiam
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