IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA

CEDAR RAPIDS DIVISION



UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

 

Plaintiff,

No. CR 03-84 LRR

vs.

FINAL JURY

INSTRUCTIONS

HAIDER MOHAMMED HASSON ALYASIRI,

Defendant.

____________________

 

         Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury:

         The instructions I gave you at the beginning of the trial and during the trial remain in effect. I will now give you some additional instructions.

          You must, of course, continue to follow the instructions I gave you earlier, as well as those I give you now. You must not single out some instructions and ignore others, because all are important. This is true even though some of those I gave you at the beginning of and during trial are not repeated here.

         The instructions I am about to give you now are in writing and will be available to you in the jury room. I emphasize, however, that this does not mean they are more important than my earlier instructions. Again, all instructions, whenever given and whether in writing or not, must be followed.

 


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 1

 

         In considering these instructions, attach no importance or significance whatsoever to the order in which they are given.


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 2

 

         Neither in these instructions nor in any ruling, action, or remark that I have made during this trial have I intended to give any opinion or suggestion as to what the facts are or what your verdict should be.


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 3

 

         It is your duty to find from the evidence what the facts are. You will then apply the law, as I give it to you, to those facts. You must follow my instructions on the law, even if you thought the law was different or should be different.

         Do not allow sympathy or prejudice to influence you. The law demands of you a just verdict, unaffected by anything except the evidence, your common sense, and the law as I give it to you.

 


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 4

 

         I have mentioned the word “evidence.” The “evidence” in this case consists of the following: the testimony of the witnesses and the documents and other things received as exhibits.

         You may use reason and common sense to draw deductions or conclusions from facts which have been established by the evidence in the case.

         Certain things are not evidence. I shall list those things again for you now:

         1. Statements, arguments, questions, and comments by the lawyers are not evidence.

         2. Objections are not evidence. The parties have a right to object when they believe something is improper. You should not be influenced by the objection. If I sustained an objection to a question, you must ignore the question and must not try to guess what the answer might have been.

         3. Testimony that I struck from the record, or told you to disregard, is not evidence and must not be considered.

         4. Anything you saw or heard about this case outside the courtroom is not evidence.

 


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 5

 

         There are two types of evidence from which a jury may properly find the truth as to the facts of a case: direct evidence and circumstantial evidence. Direct evidence is the evidence of the witness to a fact or facts of which they have knowledge by means of their senses. The other is circumstantial evidence – the proof of a chain of circumstances pointing to the existence or nonexistence of certain facts. The law makes no distinction between direct and circumstantial evidence. You should give all evidence the weight and value you believe it is entitled to receive.

 

 


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 6

 

         The jurors are the sole judges of the weight and credibility of the testimony and the value to be given to each witness who has testified in this case. In deciding what the facts are, you may have to decide what testimony you believe and what testimony you do not believe. You may believe all of what a witness said, or only part of it, or none of it.

         In deciding what testimony to believe, consider the witness’ intelligence, the opportunity the witness had to have seen or heard the things testified about, the witness’ memory, any motives that witness may have for testifying a certain way, the manner of the witness while testifying, whether that witness said something different at an earlier time, the general reasonableness of the testimony, and the extent to which the testimony is consistent with any evidence that you believe.

         In deciding whether or not to believe a witness, keep in mind that people sometimes hear or see things differently and sometimes forget things. You need to consider, therefore, whether a contradiction is an innocent misrecollection or lapse of memory or an intentional falsehood, and that may depend on whether it has to do with an important fact or only a small detail.

 


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 7

 

         In the previous instruction, I instructed you generally on the credibility of witnesses. I now give you this further instruction on how the credibility of a witness can be “impeached” and how you are to consider the testimony of certain witnesses.

         A witness may be discredited or impeached by contradictory evidence; by a showing that the witness testified falsely concerning a material matter; by showing the witness has a motive to be untruthful; or by evidence that at some other time the witness has said or done something, or has failed to say or do something, that is inconsistent with the witness’ present testimony.


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 8

 

         In this case the Defendant did not testify. The fact that the Defendant did not testify must not be considered by you in any way, or even discussed, in arriving at your verdict.


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 9

 

         Exhibits have been admitted into evidence and are to be considered along with all the other evidence to assist you in reaching a verdict. You are not to tamper with the exhibits or their contents, and each exhibit should be returned into open court, along with your verdict, in the same condition as it was received by you.


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 10

 

         A reasonable doubt is a doubt based upon reason and common sense, and not the mere possibility of innocence. A reasonable doubt is the kind of doubt that would make a reasonable person hesitate to act. Proof beyond a reasonable doubt, therefore, must be proof of such a convincing character that a reasonable person would not hesitate to rely and act upon it. However, proof beyond a reasonable doubt does not mean proof beyond all possible doubt.


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 11

 

         The Indictment in this case charges the defendant with two separate crimes. Under Count 1, the Indictment charges that the defendant committed the crime of knowingly subscribing as true, under penalty of perjury, a materially false statement on his Application for Naturalization. Under Count 2, the Indictment charges that the defendant committed the crime of knowingly, voluntarily and intentionally making a false material statement on his Application for Naturalization. The defendant has pled not guilty to each of these charges.

         As I told you at the beginning of the trial, an indictment is simply an accusation. It is not evidence of anything. To the contrary, the defendant is presumed to be innocent. Thus the defendant, even though charged, begins the trial with no evidence against him. The presumption of innocence alone is sufficient to find the defendant not guilty and can be overcome only if the government proves, beyond a reasonable doubt, each essential element of the crime charged.

         Keep in mind that each count charges a separate crime. You must consider each count separately, and return a separate verdict for each count. There is no burden upon the defendant to prove that he is innocent.

 


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 12

 

         The crime of subscribing as true, under the penalty of perjury, a materially false statement on his Application for Naturalization as charged in Count 1 of the Indictment has four essential elements, which are:

One, on or about April 9, 2003, Defendant knowingly subscribed as true, under the penalty of perjury, at least one false statement;

 

         Two, Defendant knew the statement was false at that time;

 

Three, the statement concerned a fact material to the United States Department of Justice or its successor, the Department of Homeland Security; and

 

Four, the statement was made on an Application for Naturalization, which is required by immigration laws to be completed by an applicant for naturalization.

         If all of the essential elements have been proved beyond a reasonable doubt as to Count 1, then you must find the defendant guilty of the crime charged in Count 1; otherwise you must find the defendant not guilty of the crime charged in Count 1.

 


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 13

 

         The crime of making a false material statement on his Application for Naturalization, as charged in Count 2 of the Indictment has three essential elements, which are:

One, on or about April 9, 2003, Defendant knowingly, voluntarily and intentionally made at least one false statement in an Application for Naturalization;

 

Two, the statement was material to the United States Department of Justice or its successor, the Department of Homeland Security; and

 

Three, the Application for Naturalization was a matter within the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice or its successor, the Department of Homeland Security. You may find that this element has been satisfied if you find it is the function of the United States Department of Justice or its successor, the Department of Homeland Security, to receive, deliberate upon and approve or reject Applications for Naturalization.

 

         If all of the essential elements have been proved beyond a reasonable doubt as to Count 2, then you must find the defendant guilty of the crime charged in Count 2; otherwise you must find the defendant not guilty of the crime charged in Count 2.


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 14

 

         You will note the Indictment charges that the offenses were committed “on or about” a certain date. The government need not prove with certainty the exact date or the exact time period of an offense charged. It is sufficient if the evidence established that an offense occurred within a reasonable time of the date or period of time alleged by the Indictment.


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 15

 

         A statement or representation is “false” if untrue when made, and then known to be untrue by the person making it or causing it to be made.

         A statement or representation is “material” if it has a natural tendency to influence, or is capable of influencing, the decision of the agency. However, whether a statement or representation is “material” does not depend on whether the agency was actually deceived.


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 16

 

         An act is done “knowingly” if the defendant realized what he was doing and did not act through ignorance, mistake or accident. The government is not required to prove that the defendant knew that his acts or omissions were unlawful. You may consider the evidence of defendant’s acts and words, along with all other evidence, in deciding whether the defendant acted knowingly.


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 17

 

         You may find that the defendant acted knowingly if you find beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was aware of a high probability that he was required to report on the Application for Naturalization that he had previously been charged, cited, detained, arrested, convicted or jailed and that he deliberately avoided learning the truth. The element of knowledge may be inferred if the defendant deliberately closed his eyes to what would otherwise have been obvious to him.

         You may not find that the defendant acted knowingly, however, if you find that the defendant was simply careless. A showing of negligence, mistake, or carelessness is not sufficient to support a finding of knowledge.

 


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 18

 

          Intent may be proven by circumstantial evidence. It rarely can be established by other means. While witnesses may see or hear and thus be able to give direct evidence of what a person does or fails to do, there can be no eyewitness account of the state of mind with which the acts were done or omitted. But what a defendant does or fails to do may indicate intent or lack of intent to commit an offense.

          You may consider it reasonable to draw the inference and find that a person intends the natural and probable consequences of acts knowingly done, but you are not required to do so. As I have said, it is entirely up to you to decide what facts to find from the evidence.


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 19

 

          The government and the defendant have stipulated -- that is, they have agreed -- that certain facts are as counsel have stated. You must therefore treat those facts as having been proved.


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 20

 

You are advised that immigration law and regulations require an applicant for

naturalization to complete and file a Form N-400 (Application of Naturalization) as part

of the process for applying to become a naturalized citizen of the United States.

 


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 21

 

          Throughout the trial, you have been permitted to take notes. Your notes should be used only as memory aids, and you should not give your notes precedence over your independent recollection of the evidence.

          In any conflict between your notes, a fellow juror’s notes, and your memory, your memory must prevail. Remember that notes sometimes contain the mental impressions of the note taker and can be used only to help you recollect what the testimony was. At the conclusion of your deliberations, your notes should be left in the jury room for destruction.

 


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 22

 

          In conducting your deliberations and returning your verdict, there are certain rules you must follow. I shall list those rules for you now.

          First, when you go to the jury room, you must select one of your members as your foreperson. That person will preside over your discussions and speak for you here in court.

          Second, it is your duty, as jurors, to discuss this case with one another in the jury room. You should try to reach an agreement if you can do so without violence to individual judgment, because a verdict - whether guilty or not guilty - must be unanimous.

          Each of you must make your own conscientious decision, but only after you have considered all the evidence, discussed it fully with your fellow jurors, and listened to the views of your fellow jurors.

          Do not be afraid to change your opinions if the discussion persuades you that you should. But do not come to a decision simply because other jurors think it is right, or simply to reach a verdict.

          Third, if the defendant is found guilty, the sentence to be imposed is my responsibility. You may not consider punishment in any way in deciding whether the government has proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

 

 

(CONTINUED)


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 22 (Cont’d.)

 

          Fourth, if you need to communicate with me during your deliberations, you may send a note to me through the marshal or court security officer, signed by one or more

jurors. I will respond as soon as possible either in writing or orally in open court. Remember that you should not tell anyone – including me – how your votes stand numerically.

          Finally, your verdict must be based solely on the evidence and on the law which I have given to you in my instructions. The verdict, whether guilty or not guilty, must be unanimous. Nothing I have said or done is intended to suggest what your verdict should be – that is entirely for you to decide.

 


INSTRUCTION NUMBER 23

 

          Attached to these instructions you will find two Verdict Forms. The Verdict Forms are simply the written notice of the decision that you reach in this case. The answers to the Verdict Forms must be the unanimous decision of the jury.

          You will take the Verdict Forms to the jury room, and when you have completed your deliberations and each of you has agreed on an answer to each Verdict Form, your foreperson will fill out each Form, sign and date it, and advise the marshal or court security officer that you are ready to return to the courtroom.

          Finally, members of the jury, take this case and give it your most careful consideration, and then without fear or favor, prejudice or bias of any kind, return such verdict as accords with the evidence and these instructions.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                               

__________                                            __________________________________

DATE                                                   LINDA R. READE

                                                             JUDGE, U. S. DISTRICT COURT

 

 

 

 

 

 


IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA

CEDAR RAPIDS DIVISION

 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

 

Plaintiff,

No. CR 03-84 LRR

vs.

VERDICT FORM - COUNT 1


HAIDER MOHAMMED HASSON ALYASIRI,

Defendant.

____________________

 

 

          We, the Jury, find the defendant______________of the crime of knowingly           Guilty/Not Guilty

subscribing as true, under penalty of perjury, a materially false statement on his Application for Naturalization, as charged in Count 1 of the Indictment.

 

          If your verdict is “Not Guilty,” please sign and date this Verdict Form and proceed to the Verdict Form for Count 2. If your verdict is “Guilty,” please place a check mark before each question below to which you have found the defendant knowingly subscribed as true, under penalty of perjury, a materially false statement on his Application for Naturalization and then sign and date this Verdict Form.

_____ 16. Have you ever been arrested, cited, or detained by a law enforcement officer (including INS and military officers) for any reason?

 

_____ 17. Have you ever been charged with committing any crime or offense?

 

(CONTINUED)


                   _____ 18. Have you ever been convicted of a crime or offense?

                   _____ 21. Have you ever been in jail or prison?

 

                                                             __________________________________

                                                             FOREPERSON

                                                             __________________________________

                                                             DATE


IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA

CEDAR RAPIDS DIVISION

 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

 

Plaintiff,

No. CR 03-84 LRR

vs.

VERDICT FORM - COUNT 2


HAIDER MOHAMMED HASSON ALYASIRI,

Defendant.

____________________

 

 

          We, the Jury, find the defendant______________of the crime of knowingly,           Guilty/Not Guilty

voluntarily and intentionally making a false material representation on his Application for Naturalization as charged in Count 2 of the Indictment.

 

          If your verdict is “Not Guilty,” please sign and date this Verdict Form. If your verdict is “Guilty,” please place a check mark before each question below to which you have found the defendant knowingly, voluntarily and intentionally made a false material representation on his Application for Naturalization and then sign and date this Verdict Form.

_____ 16. Have you ever been arrested, cited, or detained by a law enforcement officer (including INS and military officers) for any reason?

 

_____ 17. Have you ever been charged with committing any crime or offense?

 

(CONTINUED)


                   _____ 18. Have you ever been convicted of a crime or offense?

 

                   _____ 21. Have you ever been in jail or prison?

 

                                                             __________________________________

                                                             FOREPERSON

                                                             __________________________________

                                                             DATE