487 F2d 336 United States v. Lee

487 F.2d 336

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee,
Ruben LEE, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 73-2549 Summary Calendar.*

United States Court of Appeals,
Fifth Circuit.

Nov. 12, 1973.

Manuel James, Key West, Fla. (Court-appointed), for defendant-appellant.

Robert W. Rust, U. S. Atty., Lawrence B. Craig, III, Asst. U. S. Atty., Miami, Fla., for plaintiff-appellee.

Before JOHN R. BROWN, Chief Judge, and DYER and SIMPSON, Circuit Judges.


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In a jury trial, Lee was convicted on two counts of possession and distribution of heroin in violation of 18 U.S.C.A. Sec. 2 and 21 U.S.C.A. Sec. 841 (1970). We are wholly unpersuaded by Lee's sole contention on appeal that the Government's evidence adduced at trial was insufficient as a matter of law to allow the case to go to the jury.


During the trial, the accomplice, Vicki Ingraham, directly implicated Lee, and her testimony was corroborated in large measure by the two other prosecution witnesses. Inasmuch as Ingraham's testimony alone is sufficient to sustain Lee's conviction, see United States v. Iacovetti, 5 Cir. 1972, 466 F.2d 1147, 1153, her corroborated testimony obviously sufficed to send the case to the jury. See Glasser v. United States, 1941, 315 U.S. 60, 62 S.Ct. 457, 86 L.Ed. 680; United States v. Hill, 5 Cir. 1973, 481 F.2d 929; United States v. Stephenson, 5 Cir. 1973, 474 F.2d 1353; United States v. Warner, 5 Cir. 1971, 441 F.2d 821; United States v. Andrews, 5 Cir. 1970, 427 F.2d 539.




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