491 F2d 1388 United States v. Hurst 73-3727

491 F.2d 1388

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee,
John Darlington HURST, aka Thomas Carl Shultz, Defendant-Appellant.
No. 73-3727 Summary Calendar.*
*Rule 18, 5 Cir.; see Isbell Enterprises, Inc.
Citizens Casualty Co. of New York et al., 5 Cir., 1970, 431
F.2d 409.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

April 4, 1974.

Joseph S. Conlin, Tallahassee, Fla. (court-appointed), for defendant-appellant.

William Stafford, U.S. Atty., Pensacola, Fla., Stewart J. Carrouth, Tallahassee, Fla., for plaintiff-appellee.

Before BELL, SIMPSON and MORGAN, Circuit Judges.


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Appellant was convicted of violating the Dyer Act, 18 U.S.C.A., 2312, in transporting a stolen automobile in interstate commerce. He was not denied a speedy trial. There is no merit in his claim of prejudicial error based on the erroneous admission of evidence regarding a stolen drill and an unreturned rented tow bar found in the vehicle in question. In the context of the trial, this evidence was of little moment. It came into the case in the nature of an inadvertent statement and the witness was foreclosed by the prosecutor from giving further testimony of such nature. There was no objection to the testimony but the court, on its own motion, directed the jury in charge to give no consideration to the evidence. We hold that the error was harmless and that in no event did it rise to the level of plain error.