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United States v. Holden

ELR Citation: 39 ELR 20041
Nos. Nos. 07-5573, -5574, (6th Cir., 02/24/2009)

The Sixth Circuit upheld individuals' conviction for impeding a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigation at a water treatment facility in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee. The district court did not abuse its discretion by excluding evidence that a witness had been treated for drug use in 1992. Nor did the court commit plain error by admitting into evidence a negative evaluation of the plant from before the charged period. Likewise, the court's refusal to admit certain statements one of the individuals made to an investigator was not reversible error. And the evidence presented at trial was sufficient to find the individuals guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.