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United States v. Johnson

September 23, 1983

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
JOHNSON, FRANK APPELLANT



APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA (SCRANTON)

Before: GIBBONS, HUNTER, Circuit Judges and MANSMANN,*fn* District Judge

Opinion OF THE COURT

Per Curiam:

1. The defendant, Frank Johnson, was convicted along with Robert Andre Ruff ("Ruff") of kidnapping in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1201(a), transportation of a stolen vehicle in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2312, and conspiracy to kidnap in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1201. The defendant and Ruff have each appealed their convictions. In an opinion filed this day, we affirmed Ruff's conviction. United States v. Ruff, No. 83-3100 (3d Cir. Sept. 1983).

2. The defendant raises a number of issues on appeal. He claims that the trial judge improperly refused voir dire questions posed by defense counsel; that the absence of any blacks on the jury that convicted him indicates a patently prejudical plan of jury selection; that the statements of a prospective juror concerning one of the main government witnesses prejudiced the entire jury panel; that the trial court improperly presented the defendant's admissions and/or confessions before sufficient corpus delicti was properly established; and generally, that he did not receive a fair and impartial trial.

3. Having carefully considered each of these contentions, and finding each to be without merit, we will ...


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