United States District Court, D. Massachusetts
RESPONSE TO COUNSELS' COMMENTS ON THE JURY
INSTRUCTIONS AND VERDICT SLIP
RICHARD G. STEARNS UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
respect to counsels' requests and comments on the jury
instructions and verdict slip, the court responds as follows.
instruction on stipulations.
already appears on page 5 of the draft instructions.
instruction on theories of possession as it applies to the
already appears on page 17 of the draft instructions.
Clarifying sentence in the verdict slip as to Count 1.
verdict slip has been revised accordingly.
instruction on the import of defendant's decision not to
testify (page 3).
instruction will be given.
to argue a comparison of reasonable doubt to certainty in
denied as this language is disfavored by the U.S. Supreme
Court as is the requested instruction on moral certainty.
However, I have inserted an instruction on page 3 defining
proof beyond a reasonable doubt as the highest ...