The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge
Now before the Court is the Government's January 6, 2009 motion in limine (Doc. 19). A response from Defendant Hopkins is not necessary as the law applicable to the Government's requests are clear. Based on the following, the Court GRANTS the Government's motion.
First, the Government moves to Court to preclude Defendant from defining or attempting to define reasonable doubt to the jury. The Court GRANTS this request. See United States v. Bruce, 109 F.3d 323, 329 (7th Cir. 1997)("It is well established in this Circuit, however, that neither trial courts nor counsel should attempt to define 'reasonable doubt' for the jury.").
Second, the Government moves the Court to preclude Defendant from arguing any potential sentence to the jury. The Court GRANTS this request. See Shannon v. United States, 512 U.S. 573, 579 (1994)("when a jury has no sentencing function, it should be admonished to 'reach its verdict without regard to what sentence might be imposed.'").
Lastly, the Government moves to preclude the Defendant from presenting any argument or otherwise attempting to suggest the possibility of jury nullification. The Court GRANTS this request. See United States v. Smith, 337 F.3d 935, 938 (7th Cir. 2003)("A Defendant has of course no right to ask the jury to disregard the judge's instructions('jury nullification')." (citing Sparf v. United States, 156 U.S. 51 (1895); Gibbs v. VanNatta, 329 F.3d 582, 584 (7th Cir. 2003); United States v. Bruce, 109 F.3d 323, 327 (7th Cir. 1997); United States v. Manning, 79 F.3d 212, 219 (1st Cir. 1996)).
Accordingly, the Court GRANTS the Government's January 6, 2009 motion in limine (Doc. 19).
David R Herndon Chief Judge United States District Court
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