USA v. Albert Navarro


UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [13-50513 Affirmed ] Judge: EGJ , Judge: PEH , Judge: PRO Mandate pull date is 10/31/2014 for Appellant Albert Adam Navarro [13-50513]

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Case: 13-50513 Document: 00512799567 Page: 1 Date Filed: 10/10/2014 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit FILED No. 13-50513 October 10, 2014 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee v. ALBERT ADAM NAVARRO, also known as Alberto Navarro, also known as Albert A. Navarro, Defendant-Appellant Appeals from the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas USDC No. 5:12-CR-188-1 Before JOLLY, HIGGINBOTHAM and OWEN, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: * Albert Adam Navarro appeals his conviction following a jury trial of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. We review for an abuse of discretion the district court’s refusal to instruct the jury on the affirmative defense of justification. See United States v. Branch, 91 F.3d 699, 711 (5th Cir. 1996). In the light of the evidence adduced at trial that Navarro possessed the rifle at issue when there was no imminent or impending threat, that he had Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR. R. 47.5.4. * Case: 13-50513 Document: 00512799567 Page: 2 Date Filed: 10/10/2014 No. 13-50513 recklessly or negligently placed himself in the situation which he claimed necessitated possession of the rifle, and that he could have continued relying on police protection as a reasonable legal alternative to violating the law, the district court did not abuse its discretion by denying the instruction. Id.; see United States v. Posada-Rios, 158 F.3d 832, 873 (5th Cir. 1998). With regard to Navarro’s arguments that two comments made by the prosecutor during closing arguments warranted a mistrial, we apply a two-step test on review. United States v. McCann, 613 F.3d 486, 494 (5th Cir. 2010). First, we review de novo whether the remarks were improper. See id. If either of the comments was improper, we review under the abuse of discretion standard whether the impropriety affected Navarro’s substantial rights such that his motion for a mistrial should have been granted. See id. Even if both comments were improper, Navarro has failed to show that the district court abused its discretion in the light of both the cautionary instruction given to the jury and the evidence of Navarro’s guilt adduced at trial. See id. at 496-97. AFFIRMED. 2

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