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U.S. v. Van Tassel

June 26, 1991

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, APPELLEE
v.
WILLIAM C. VAN TASSEL, JR., ROBERT R. SLOSS, A/K/A BOBO, DONALD G. SLOSS, VICTOR H. PETERGOL, EDWARD NESPECA, THOMAS J. RAUSCHER, MICHAEL SCULLY, WILLIAM C. VAN TASSEL, JR., APPELLANT



ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA; (D.C. Criminal No. 89-00033); District Judge: Maurice B. Cohill, Jr.

Nygaard and Alito, Circuit Judges, Fullam,*fn* District Judge.

JUDGMENT ORDER

After considering the contentions raised by appellant, to wit, that the trial court erred:

1. By admitting evidence seized at Van Tassel's home;

2. By admitting evidence seized at Donald Sloss's residence and statements made by Donald Sloss after his arrest;

3. By admitting a recording of a converstion with Kerstetter;

4. By allowing witness Molke to testify;

5. By admitting testimony by witnesses Joseph and Williams that allegedly concerned a separate conspiracy;

6. By failing to enter a judgment of acquittal on the ground that the evidence established multiple conspiracies rather than the single conspiracy charged;

7. By failing sua sponte to give a single/multiple conspiracy jury charge at Donald Sloss's separate trial;

8. By admitting evidence regarding drug use at Robert Sloss's home and a particular sale of drugs from Robert Sloss to Joseph, and by failing to grant a mistrial because of a statement made by Molke regarding a possible homicide;

9. By admitting an out-of-court statement made by Molke to Goldsmith;

10. By denying Petergol's request for a list of government witnesses and statements ...


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