USA v. Tyler

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04/14/20- Tyler was convicted by a federal jury of tampering with a witness by murder three times. The first two times, his convictions were overturned due to legal errors. After his third trial, the trial judge granted his Rule 29 motion and set aside the jury’s verdict because of a lack of effort. On appeal from that ruling, in a 2-1 ruling, the 3rd Circuit reversed and reinstated the verdict. Of primary concern was the interpretation of USA v. Fowler, 563 U.S. 668 (2011), and the “reasonable likelihood” that the victim would have communicated with a qualifying law enforcement officer.