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United States v. Johnson

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division

January 22, 2015

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
TREMAINE JOHNSON, Defendant.

ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT'S SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 MOTION FOR JUDGMENT OF ACQUITTAL

John Corbett O'Meara United States District Judge

This matter came before the court on defendant Tremaine Johnson's September 18, 2014 pro se motion for judgment of acquittal. No response was filed and no oral argument was heard.

Pursuant to Rule 29 (c) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, a defendant may move for judgment of acquittal within 14 days after a guilty jury verdict. Defendant Johnson filed a timely motion, asserting that the evidence admitted against him at trial was insufficient to support a guilty verdict. "A defendant bringing such a challenge bears a 'very heavy burden.'" United States v. Daniel, 329 F.3d 480, 485 (6th Cir. 2003) (quoting United States v. Vannerson, 786 F.2d 221, 225 (6th Cir. 1986)). In this case there was ample evidence to support defendant Johnson's conviction.

Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that defendant Johnson's September 18, 2014 motion for judgment of acquittal is DENIED.


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