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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ind. Decisions - "7th Circuit rejects Illinois-Indiana gunrunner’s Facebook argument"

Re the 7th Circuit's decision Dec. 9th in USA v. David Lewisbey, an appeal of a ND Illinois case, Judge Sykes begins:

David Lewisbey wa s a Chicago-based gunrunner who used a fake Indiana I.D. to buy guns at Indiana gun shows and bring them back to Illinois to sell. He came to the attention of law enforcement when he bragged about his gunrunning exploits on Facebook. Federal agents set up a sting, and Lewisbey was arrested and charged with multiple counts of unlawfully transporting and dealing firearms. A jury convicted him on all counts. * * * He also challenges the admission of incriminating text-message and Facebook evidence at trial.
A $$ Chicago Daily Law Bulletin story, excerpted by WANE, reports:
CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court in Chicago has reaffirmed that your Facebook posting can potentially be used against you in court.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reported Monday that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected convicted gunrunner David Lewisbey argument that Facebook photos of himself surrounded by guns shouldn’t have been admissible. It upheld his convictions for buying guns at Indiana gun shows, then reselling them in Illinois.

Lewisbey first drew the scrutiny of agents after bragging about running guns on Facebook.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 13, 2016 09:57 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions