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Florida Supreme Court Justices Wells and Anstead Among Judges for Moot Court Final Four Oct. 12

Published: October 8th, 2007

Category: News Briefs

Moot Court Justices THE CASE ON APPEAL:

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

MATTHEW MAZZARELLA, Petitioner,

vs.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Respondent.

Petitioner Matthew Mazzarella was convicted of three counts relating to the trafficking of OxyContin. Mazzarella discussed with an undercover agent his interest in buying a gun. The agent offered to exchange a gun for drugs. Mazzarella exchanged a quantity of OxyContin pills for the gun. The agent arrested Mazzarrella for drug trafficking and use of a firearm during a drug transaction. Subsequent to Mazzarella’s arrest, Mazzarella’s babysitter Erin McFann came forward with a video tape from a nanny cam device. The tape of a recent babysitting session included footage of Ms. McFann with Mazzarella’s daughter and her friend playing a game of Truth or Dare. During the game, Mazzarella’s daughter revealed that Mazzarella took drugs from work. Based on the video tape and because Mazzarella worked in another state, Mazzarella was charged with transporting stolen drugs across state lines.

Mazzarella was convicted on all three counts. Mazzarella appealed his convictions for use of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense and for transporting stolen drugs across state lines. The 13th District Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction holding that 1) Mazzarella’s actions constituted use of a firearm during a drug transaction and 2) that admitting the statements made by Mazzarella’s daughter did not violate Mazzarella’s 6th Amendment right to confront his accuser.

The Supreme Court of the United States of America has scheduled oral argument for the appeal of the 13th District Court’s decision on Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at 9:30 a.m.

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