454 F2d 728 United States v. Bowdach

454 F.2d 728

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee,
Gary BOWDACH, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 71-1080 Summary Calendar.*

United States Court of Appeals,
Fifth Circuit.

Jan. 20, 1972.

Daniel S. Pearson, Miami, Fla., Alan M. Medof, Pearson & Josefsberg, P. A., Miami, Fla., for defendant-appellant.

Robert W. Rust, U. S. Atty., James H. Walsh, Sidney M. Glazer, Ronald G. Scheraga, Beatrice Rosenberg, Roger A. Pauley, Attys., Department of Justice, Washington, D. C., Erwin N. Griswold, Sol. Gen., Will Willson, Asst. Atty. Gen., Samuel Huntington, Asst. Sol. Gen., for plaintiff-appellee.

Before JOHN R. BROWN, Chief Judge, and INGRAHAM and RONEY, Circuit Judges.


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Defendant, a previously convicted felon, was indicted and convicted of willfully and knowingly possessing a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. App. Sec. 1202(a) The conviction must be reversed because the government neither alleged nor proved that the firearm was possessed "in commerce or affecting commerce," as required by the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Bass, 404 U.S. 336, 92 S.Ct. 515, 30 L.Ed.2d 488.




Rule 18, 5th Cir.; see Isbell Enterprises, Inc. v. Citizens Casualty Co. of New York et al., 5th Cir. 1970, 431 F.2d 409, Part I