IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA

CENTRAL DIVISION





UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff,

No. CR 01-3024-MWB

vs.



PRELIMINARY AND FINAL

INSTRUCTIONS

TO THE JURY

DAVID HIRSCH,
Defendant.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTIONS 1

NO. 1 - PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTIONS 1

NO. 2 - DUTY OF JURORS 2

NO. 3 - ELEMENTS OF OFFENSES 3

NO. 4 - OUTLINE OF TRIAL 5

NO. 5 - PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE 6

NO. 6 - REASONABLE DOUBT 7

NO. 7 - DEFINITION OF EVIDENCE 8

NO. 8 - CREDIBILITY OF WITNESSES 9

NO. 9 - BENCH CONFERENCES AND RECESSES 11

NO. 10 - OBJECTIONS 12

NO. 11 - NOTE-TAKING 13

NO. 12 - CONDUCT OF THE JURY 14

FINAL INSTRUCTIONS 16

NO. 1 - INTRODUCTION 16

NO. 2 - "KNOWLEDGE" 17

NO. 3 - "POSSESSION" 18

NO. 4 - COUNT 1: DRUG USER IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM 19

NO. 5 - COUNT 2: POSSESSING A FIREARM IN FURTHERANCE OF

A DRUG OFFENSE 21

NO. 6 - SPECIFIC DEFENSE 23

NO. 7 - IMPEACHMENT 24

NO. 8 - PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE AND BURDEN OF PROOF 25

NO. 9 - REASONABLE DOUBT 26

NO. 10 - DUTY TO DELIBERATE 27

NO. 11 - DUTY DURING DELIBERATIONS 29





VERDICT FORM

PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTION NO. 1 - PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTIONS



Members of the jury, these preliminary instructions are given to help you better understand the trial and your role in it. Consider these instructions, together with all written and oral instructions given to you during or at the end of the trial, and apply them as a whole to the facts of the case.

PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTION NO. 2 - DUTY OF JURORS



Your duty is to decide from the evidence whether the defendant is not guilty or guilty of the crimes charged against him. You will find the facts from the evidence. You are entitled to consider that evidence in light of your own observations and experiences. You may use reason and common sense to draw conclusions from facts that have been established by the evidence. You will then apply the law, which I will give you in my instructions, to the facts to reach your verdict. You are the sole judges of the facts; but you must follow the law as stated in my instructions, whether you agree with it or not.

Do not allow sympathy or prejudice to influence you. The law demands of you a just verdict, based solely on the evidence, your common sense, and the law as I give it to you. Do not take anything I may say or do during the trial as indicating what I think of the evidence or what I think your verdict should be. Similarly, do not conclude from any ruling or other comment I may make that I have any opinions on how you should decide the case.

Please remember that only defendant David Hirsch, not anyone else, is on trial here. This defendant is on trial only for the crimes charged against him, not for anything else.

Finally, you must give separate consideration to the evidence about each charge against the defendant. The defendant is entitled to have each charge against him considered separately. Therefore, you must return a separate, unanimous verdict on each charge against the defendant.

PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTION NO. 3 - ELEMENTS OF OFFENSES



Each offense consists of "elements," which the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt. To help you follow the evidence, I will give you a summary of the elements of each offense charged in the indictment. However, I must first explain some preliminary matters concerning the elements of all of the offenses charged.

The charges against the defendant are set out in an indictment. An indictment is simply an accusation. It is not evidence of anything. The defendant has pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him; therefore, he is presumed to be innocent unless and until the prosecution proves his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt on an offense charged against him.

The indictment charges that the offenses were committed "on or about" a certain date. The prosecution does not have to prove with certainty the exact date of an offense charged. It is sufficient if the evidence establishes that an offense occurred within a reasonable time of the date alleged in the indictment.

When I refer to a "controlled substance," I mean any drug or narcotic the manufacture, possession, possession with intent to distribute, or distribution of which is prohibited or regulated by federal law. Methamphetamine and marijuana are both "controlled substances."

I will now give you a summary of the elements of the offenses charged in the indictment.



COUNT 1: DRUG USER IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

Count 1 of the indictment charges that, on or about May 18, 2001, defendant Hirsch, then being an unlawful user of controlled substances, knowingly possessed one loaded Lorcin .380 caliber handgun, serial number 326812, in and affecting interstate commerce. For you to find defendant Hirsch guilty of this "drug user in possession of a firearm" offense, the prosecution must prove each of the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt as to him:

One, on or about May 18, 2001, defendant Hirsch knowingly possessed one loaded Lorcin .380 caliber handgun, serial number 326812;

Two, during the time that defendant Hirsch possessed the firearm, he was an unlawful user of controlled substances; and

Three, at some time before defendant Hirsch possessed the firearm, the firearm was transported across a state line.



COUNT 2: POSSESSING A FIREARM IN FURTHERANCE OF A DRUG OFFENSE

Count 2 of the indictment charges that, on or about May 18, 2001, defendant Hirsch knowingly possessed a loaded Lorcin .380 caliber handgun, serial number 326812, in furtherance of the crime of manufacturing methamphetamine. For you to find defendant Hirsch guilty of this offense, the prosecution must prove each of the following essential elements beyond a reasonable doubt as to him:

One, defendant Hirsch committed the crime of manufacturing methamphetamine; and

Two, defendant Hirsch knowingly possessed a loaded Lorcin .380 caliber handgun, serial number 326812, in furtherance of that crime.



This is only a preliminary outline of the elements of the offenses charged in the indictment. At the end of the trial, I will give you final written instructions on these matters. Because they are more detailed, those final instructions govern on the elements of the offenses charged.

PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTION NO. 4 - OUTLINE OF TRIAL



The trial will proceed as follows:

After these preliminary instructions, the prosecutor may make an opening statement. Next, the lawyer for the defendant may, but does not have to, make an opening statement. An opening statement is not evidence. It is simply a summary of what the lawyer expects the evidence to be.

The prosecution will then present its evidence and call witnesses, and the lawyer for the defendant may, but has no obligation to, cross-examine. Following the prosecution's case, the defendant may, but does not have to, present evidence and call witnesses. If the defendant calls witnesses, the prosecutor may cross-examine them.

After the evidence is concluded, I will give you most of the final instructions. The lawyers will then make their closing arguments to summarize and interpret the evidence for you. As with opening statements, closing arguments are not evidence. I will then give you the remaining final instructions on deliberations, and you will retire to deliberate on your verdict.

PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTION NO. 5 - PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE



Defendant Hirsch is presumed innocent and, therefore, not guilty. This presumption of innocence requires you to put aside all suspicion that might arise from the arrest or charge of the defendant or the fact that he is here in court. The presumption of innocence remains with the defendant throughout the trial. That presumption alone is sufficient to find him not guilty. The presumption of innocence may be overcome as to the defendant only if the prosecution proves, beyond a reasonable doubt, each element of a crime charged against him.

The burden is always upon the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This burden never shifts to any defendant to prove his innocence, for the law never imposes upon a defendant in a criminal case the burden or duty of calling any witnesses or producing any evidence. A defendant is not even obligated to produce any evidence by cross-examining the witnesses who are called to testify by the prosecution.

Unless the prosecution proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant has committed each and every essential element of an offense charged in the indictment against him, you must find him not guilty of that offense.

PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTION NO. 6 - REASONABLE DOUBT



A reasonable doubt may arise from the evidence or lack of evidence produced by the prosecution. 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 in the more serious and important transactions of life. However, proof beyond a reasonable doubt does not mean proof beyond all possible doubt.



PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTION NO. 7 - DEFINITION OF EVIDENCE



Evidence is:

1. Testimony.

2. Exhibits I admit into evidence.

3. Stipulations, which are agreements between the parties.

Evidence may be "direct" or "circumstantial." The law makes no distinction between the weight to be given to direct and circumstantial evidence. The weight to be given any evidence is for you to decide.

A particular item of evidence is sometimes admitted only for a limited purpose, and not for any other purpose. I will tell you if that happens, and instruct you on the purposes for which the item can and cannot be used.

The fact that an exhibit may be shown to you does not mean that you must rely on it more than you rely on other evidence.

The following are not evidence:

1. Statements, arguments, questions, and comments by the lawyers.

2. Objections and rulings on objections.

3. Testimony I tell you to disregard.

4. Anything you saw or heard about this case outside the courtroom.

The weight of the evidence is not determined by the number of witnesses testifying as to the existence or non-existence of any fact. Also, the weight of the evidence should not be determined merely by the number or volume of documents or exhibits. The weight of evidence depends on its quality, not quantity. The quality and weight of the evidence are for you to decide.

PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTION NO. 8 - CREDIBILITY OF WITNESSES



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 says, only part of it, or none of it.

In deciding what testimony to believe, consider the witness's intelligence, the opportunity the witness had to have seen or heard the things testified about, the witness's 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 witness's drug or alcohol use or addiction, if any, 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 see or hear things differently and sometimes forget things. You need to consider, therefore, whether a contradiction results from an innocent misrecollection or sincere lapse of memory, or instead from an intentional falsehood or pretended lapse of memory.

If the defendant testifies, you should judge his testimony in the same manner in which you judge the testimony of any other witness.

Ordinarily, witnesses may only testify to factual matters within their personal knowledge. However, you may hear evidence from persons described as experts. Persons may become qualified as experts in some field by knowledge, skill, training, education, or experience. Such experts may state their opinions on matters in that field and may also state the reasons for their opinions. You should consider expert testimony just like any other testimony. You may believe all of what an expert says, only part of it, or none of it, considering the expert's qualifications, the soundness of the reasons given for the opinion, the acceptability of the methods used, any reason the expert may be biased, and all of the other evidence in the case.

Finally, just because a witness works in law enforcement or is employed by the government does not mean you should give more weight or credence to such a witness's testimony than you give to any other witness's testimony.

PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTION NO. 9 - BENCH

CONFERENCES AND RECESSES



During the trial it may be necessary for me to talk with the lawyers out of the hearing of the jury, either by having a bench conference here while the jury is present in the courtroom, or by calling a recess. Please be patient, because while you are waiting, we are working. The purpose of these conferences is to decide how certain evidence is to be treated under the rules of evidence, to avoid confusion and error, and to save your valuable time. We will, of course, do what we can to keep the number and length of these conferences to a minimum.



PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTION NO. 10 - OBJECTIONS



The lawyers may make objections and motions during the trial that I must rule upon. If I sustain an objection to a question before it is answered, do not draw any inferences or conclusions from the question itself. Also, the lawyers have a duty to object to testimony or other evidence that they believe is not properly admissible. Do not hold it against a lawyer or the party the lawyer represents because the lawyer has made objections.





PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTION NO. 11 - NOTE-TAKING



If you want to take notes during the trial, you may, but be sure that your note-taking does not interfere with listening to and considering all the evidence. If you choose not to take notes, remember it is your own individual responsibility to listen carefully to the evidence.

Notes you take during the trial are not necessarily more reliable than your memory or another juror's memory. Therefore, you should not be overly influenced by the notes.

If you take notes, do not discuss them with anyone before you begin your deliberations. At the end of each day, please leave your notes on your chair. At the end of the trial, you may take your notes out of the notebook and keep them, or leave them, and we will destroy them. No one will read the notes, either during or after the trial.

You will notice that we have an official court reporter making a record of the trial. However, we will not have typewritten transcripts of this record available for your use in reaching your verdict.

PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTION NO. 12 - CONDUCT OF THE JURY



Finally, to insure fairness, you as jurors must obey the following rules:

First, do not talk among yourselves about this case, or about anyone involved with it, until the end of the case when you go to the jury room to decide on your verdict.

Second, do not talk with anyone else about this case, or about anyone involved with it, until the trial has ended and you have been discharged as jurors.

Third, when you are outside the courtroom do not let anyone tell you anything about the case, or about anyone involved with it until the trial has ended and your verdict has been accepted by me. If someone should try to talk to you about the case during the trial, please report it to me.

Fourth, during the trial you should not talk with or speak to any of the parties, lawyers, or witnesses involved in this case--you should not even pass the time of day with any of them. It is important that you not only do justice in this case, but that you also give the appearance of doing justice. If a person from one side of the case sees you talking to a person from the other side--even if it is simply to pass the time of day--an unwarranted and unnecessary suspicion about your fairness might be aroused. If any lawyer, party, or witness does not speak to you when you pass in the hall, ride the elevator or the like, it is because they are not supposed to talk or visit with you.

Fifth, do not read any news stories or articles about the case, or about anyone involved with it, or listen to any radio or television reports about the case or about anyone involved with it. If you want, you can have your spouse or a friend clip out any stories and set them aside to give you after the trial is over. I can assure you, however, that by the time you have heard the evidence in this case you will know more about the matter than anyone will learn through the news media.

Sixth, do not do any research or make any investigation about the case on your own.

Seventh, do not make up your mind during the trial about what the verdict should be. Keep an open mind until after you have gone to the jury room to decide the case and you and your fellow jurors have discussed the evidence.

Eighth, if at anytime during the trial you have a problem that you would like to bring to my attention, or if you feel ill or need to go to the restroom, please send a note to the Court Security Officer, who will deliver it to me. I want you to be comfortable, so please do not hesitate to inform me of any problem.

DATED this 28th day of March, 2002.



FINAL INSTRUCTION NO. 1 - INTRODUCTION



Members of the jury, the written instructions I gave you at the beginning of the trial and the oral instructions I gave you during the trial remain in effect. I now give you some additional instructions.

The instructions I am about to give you, as well as the preliminary instructions given to you at the beginning of the trial, are in writing and will be available to you in the jury room. All instructions, whenever given and whether in writing or not, must be followed. This is true even though some of the instructions I gave you at the beginning of the trial are not repeated here.

FINAL INSTRUCTION NO. 2 - "KNOWLEDGE"



"Knowledge" is an element of the offenses charged in this case and must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. "Knowledge" may be proved like anything else. An act is done "knowingly" if the defendant is aware of the act and does not act through ignorance, mistake, or accident. The prosecution is not required to prove that the defendant knew that his acts or omissions were unlawful.

FINAL INSTRUCTION NO. 3 - "POSSESSION"





The offenses charged in this case also involve "possession" of firearms. The law recognizes several kinds of "possession." A person who knowingly has direct physical control over a thing, at a given time, is then in "actual possession" of it. A person who, although not in actual possession, has both the power and the intention at a given time to exercise control over a thing, either directly or through another person or persons, is then in "constructive possession" of it. If one person alone has actual or constructive possession of a thing, possession is "sole." If two or more persons share actual or constructive possession of a thing, possession is "joint." Whenever the word "possession" has been used in these instructions, it includes "actual" as well as "constructive" possession and also "sole" as well as "joint" possession.

In addition, mere presence where a thing was found or mere physical proximity to the thing is insufficient to establish "possession" of that thing. Knowledge of the presence of the thing, at the same time one has control over the thing or the place in which it was found, is required. Thus, in order to establish "possession" of a thing, in addition to knowledge of the presence of the thing, the prosecution must establish that, at the same time, (a) the person intended to exercise control over the thing or place in which it was found; (b) the person had the power to exercise control over the thing or place in which it was found; and (c) the person knew that he had the power to exercise control over the thing or place in which it was found.

FINAL INSTRUCTION NO. 4 - COUNT 1: DRUG USER

IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM



Count 1 of the indictment charges that, on or about May 18, 2001, defendant Hirsch, then being an unlawful user of controlled substances, knowingly possessed one loaded Lorcin .380 caliber handgun, serial number 326812, in and affecting interstate commerce. For you to find defendant Hirsch guilty of this "drug user in possession of a firearm" offense, the prosecution must prove each of the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt as to him:

One, on or about May 18, 2001, defendant Hirsch knowingly possessed one loaded Lorcin .380 caliber handgun, serial number 326812.

"Possession" was defined for you in Final Jury Instruction No. 3.



Two, at the time defendant Hirsch possessed the firearm, he was an unlawful user of controlled substances.

The prosecution does not need to prove that the defendant was actually using or addicted to drugs at the exact moment he possessed the firearm in question in order for you to find that he was an unlawful user in possession of a firearm. Rather, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was an unlawful user of a controlled substance at the time he possessed the firearm. Also, it is not enough if use of a controlled substance was infrequent, only an isolated incident, or in the distant past. Instead, the unlawful use of a controlled substance must be consistent and prolonged, as well as contemporaneous with the possession of the firearm, meaning that the unlawful use must have occurred recently enough to indicate that the defendant was actively engaged in such conduct at the time he possessed the firearm.



Three, at some time before defendant Hirsch possessed the firearm, the firearm was transported across a state line.

The prosecution and the defendant have stipulated, that is, they have agreed, that the firearm in question was transported across a state line at some time before the defendant received or possessed it, if he did indeed possess it. Therefore, you must consider this element to be proved.



For you to find defendant Hirsch guilty of this "drug user in possession of a firearm" offense, as charged in Count 1 of the indictment, the prosecution must prove all three of these essential elements beyond a reasonable doubt. Otherwise, you must find him not guilty of this offense.

FINAL INSTRUCTION NO. 5 - COUNT 2: POSSESSING A FIREARM

IN FURTHERANCE OF A DRUG OFFENSE



Count 2 of the indictment charges that, on or about May 18, 2001, defendant Hirsch knowingly possessed one loaded Lorcin .380 caliber handgun, serial number 326812, in furtherance of the crime of manufacturing methamphetamine. For you to find defendant Hirsch guilty of this offense, the prosecution must prove each of the following essential elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

One, defendant Hirsch committed the crime of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Defendant Hirsch has admitted and stipulated to manufacturing methamphetamine in about May 2001. Therefore, you must consider this element to be proved.



Two, the defendant knowingly possessed one loaded Lorcin .380 caliber handgun, serial number 326812, in furtherance of that crime.

"Knowledge" was defined for you in Final Instruction No. 2. "Possession" was defined for you in Final Jury Instruction No. 3.

To establish that a firearm was possessed "in furtherance" of a crime, the government must clearly show that the firearm was possessed to advance or promote the commission of the underlying offense. The mere presence of a firearm in an area where a criminal act occurs is not sufficient. Rather, the government must illustrate through specific facts, which tie the defendant to the firearm, that the firearm was possessed to advance or promote the criminal activity.

To assist you in determining whether a defendant possessed the firearm "in furtherance" of the crime of manufacturing methamphetamine, you are instructed that the crime of manufacturing methamphetamine has the following elements: (1) a defendant manufactured methamphetamine; and (2) the defendant knew that he was, or intended to be, manufacturing a controlled substance.



For you to find defendant Hirsch guilty of "possessing a firearm in furtherance of the crime of manufacturing methamphetamine," as charged in Count 2 of the indictment, the prosecution must prove both of the essential elements of that offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Otherwise, you must find the defendant not guilty of that offense.

FINAL INSTRUCTION NO. 6 - SPECIFIC DEFENSE



In addition to denying that the prosecution has proved beyond a reasonable doubt all of the essential elements of the offenses charged, defendant Hirsch also asserts the following specific defense:

Defendant Hirsch contends that he was merely present where a firearm was located. As explained in Final Jury Instruction No. 3, mere presence where a thing, such as a firearm, was found or mere physical proximity to the thing is insufficient to establish "possession" of that thing. Knowledge of the presence of the thing, at the same time one has control over the thing or the place in which it was found, is required. Thus, in order to establish "possession" of a firearm, for purposes of the charges against Mr. Hirsch, in addition to knowledge of the presence of the firearm, the prosecution must establish that, at the same time, (a) Mr. Hirsch intended to exercise control over the firearm or place in which it was found; (b) Mr. Hirsch had the power to exercise control over the firearm or place in which it was found; and (c) Mr. Hirsch knew that he had the power to exercise control over the firearm or place in which it was found. Therefore, if you find that defendant Hirsch was merely present where a firearm was found or merely in physical proximity to the firearm, you cannot find that he "possessed" the firearm as required to find him guilty of the firearm offenses charged in Counts 1 and 2.

Remember that the burden never shifts to a defendant in a criminal case to prove his specific defense or otherwise to prove his innocence.

FINAL INSTRUCTION NO. 7 - IMPEACHMENT



In Preliminary Instruction No. 8, 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 may treat certain evidence.

A witness may be discredited or impeached by contradictory evidence; by a showing that the witness testified falsely concerning a material matter; 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's present testimony. If earlier statements of a witness were admitted into evidence, they were not admitted to prove that the contents of those statements were true. Instead, you may consider those earlier statements only to determine whether you think they are consistent or inconsistent with the trial testimony of the witness, and therefore whether they affect the credibility of that witness.

If you believe that a witness has been discredited or impeached, it is your exclusive right to give that witness's testimony whatever weight you think it deserves.

FINAL INSTRUCTION NO. 8 - PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE

AND BURDEN OF PROOF



David Hirsch is presumed innocent and, therefore, not guilty. This presumption of innocence requires you to put aside all suspicion that might arise from the arrest or charge of the defendant or the fact that he is here in court. The presumption of innocence remains with David Hirsch throughout the trial. That presumption alone is sufficient to find him not guilty. The presumption of innocence may be overcome as to defendant Hirsch only if the prosecution proves, beyond a reasonable doubt, each element of a crime charged against him.

The burden is always upon the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This burden never shifts to the defendant, for the law never imposes upon a defendant in a criminal case the burden or duty of calling any witnesses or producing any evidence. A defendant is not even obligated to produce any evidence by cross-examining the witnesses who are called to testify by the prosecution.

Unless the prosecution proves beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant Hirsch has committed each and every element of an offense charged in the indictment against him, you must find him not guilty of that offense.

FINAL INSTRUCTION NO. 9 - REASONABLE DOUBT



A reasonable doubt may arise from the evidence or lack of evidence produced by the prosecution. 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 in the more serious and important transactions of life. However, proof beyond a reasonable doubt does not mean proof beyond all possible doubt.

FINAL INSTRUCTION NO. 10 - DUTY TO DELIBERATE





A verdict must represent the considered judgment of each juror. Your verdict must be unanimous. It is your duty to consult with one another and to deliberate with a view to reaching agreement if you can do so without violence to your individual judgment. Of course, you must not surrender your honest convictions as to the weight or effect of the evidence solely because of the opinions of other jurors or for the mere purpose of returning a verdict. Each of you must decide the case for yourself; but you should do so only after consideration of the evidence with your fellow jurors.

In the course of your deliberations you should not hesitate to re-examine your own views, and to change your opinion if you are convinced it is wrong. To bring twelve minds to an unanimous result, you must examine the questions submitted to you openly and frankly, with proper regard for the opinions of others and with a willingness to re-examine your own views.

Remember that if, in your individual judgment, the evidence fails to establish a defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt on an offense charged against him, then that defendant should have your vote for a not guilty verdict on that offense. If all of you reach the same conclusion, then the verdict of the jury must be not guilty for that defendant on that offense. Of course, the opposite also applies. If, in your individual judgment, the evidence establishes a defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt on an offense charged, then your vote should be for a verdict of guilty against that defendant on that charge, and if all of you reach that conclusion, then the verdict of the jury must be guilty for that defendant on that charge. As I instructed you earlier, the burden is upon the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt every essential element of a crime charged.

Remember also that the question before you can never be whether the government wins or loses the case. The government, as well as society, always wins, regardless of whether your verdict is not guilty or guilty, when justice is done.

Finally, remember that you are not partisans; you are judges--judges of the facts. Your sole interest is to seek the truth from the evidence. You are the judges of the credibility of the witnesses and the weight of the evidence.

You may conduct your deliberations as you choose. However, I suggest that you carefully consider all of the evidence bearing upon the questions before you. You may take all the time that you feel is necessary.

There is no reason to think that another trial would be tried in a better way or that a more conscientious, impartial, or competent jury would be selected to hear it. Any future jury must be selected in the same manner and from the same source as you. If you should fail to agree on a verdict, the case is left open and must be disposed of at some later time.

FINAL INSTRUCTION NO. 11 - DUTY DURING DELIBERATIONS



There are certain rules you must follow while conducting your deliberations and returning your verdict:

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

Third, if you need to communicate with me during your deliberations, you may send a note to me through the 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.

Fourth, your verdict must be based solely on the evidence and on the law in these instructions. The verdict, whether not guilty or 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.

Finally, the verdict form is attached to these instructions. The verdict form is simply the written notice of the decision you reach in this case. You will take this form to the jury room, and, when each of you has agreed on the verdicts, your foreperson will fill in the form and date it, you will all sign it, and your foreperson will advise the Court Security Officer that you are ready to return to the courtroom.

DATED this 29th day of March, 2002.

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA

CENTRAL DIVISION





UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff,

No. CR 01-3024-MWB

vs.



VERDICT FORM

DAVID HIRSCH,
Defendant.

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We, the Jury, unanimously find defendant David Hirsch not guilty or guilty as follows:

COUNT 1 VERDICT
On the charge of being a drug user in possession of a firearm, as explained in Final Jury Instruction No. 4, please mark your verdict. _____ Not Guilty

_____ Guilty

COUNT 2 VERDICT
On the charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of the crime of manufacturing methamphetamine, as explained in Final Jury Instruction No. 5, please mark your verdict. _____ Not Guilty

_____ Guilty





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