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United States v. Jewell

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Citation. 130 S. Ct. 3297; 176 L. Ed. 2d 1188;2010 U.S.78 U.S.L.W. 3667

Brief Fact Summary. Appellant contends that he did not have the requisite mental state when he drove a car into the United States that contained concealed drugs. Appellant argued that he had no actual knowledge of the drugs.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. Willful blindness is equivalent to knowledge.


Facts. Appellant entered the United States driving a car with 110 pounds of Marijuana concealed in a hidden compartment. Appellant alleged that he did not know that the car contained drugs and remained ignorant. The State alleged that to convict, the jury must find that Appellant ”˜knowingly’ brought the marijuana into the United States and that he ”˜knowingly’ possessed the marijuana.

Issue. Whether willful ignorance constituted knowingly under the statute in question.

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