Bobby Banks signed letter envelope set

Bobby Banks signed letter envelope set


Gang leader Bobby Glenn Banks was convicted of eight charges in U.S. District Court in Little Rock, including selling 1.5 kilograms of cocaine and intimidating a law-enforcement officer. 

Banks was prominently featured in HBO’s “Gang War: Bangin’ in Little Rock.”

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled unanimously Wednesday that the record before U.S. District Court Judge George Howard Jr. during the 2006 trial was “sufficient to allow ‘meaningful appellate review,’ and we can discern no unfairness springing from the absence of more explicit factual findings.”

Sending the case back to federal court in Little Rock for further sentencing proceedings would serve no useful purpose, the court said.

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Banks operated three crack cocaine houses in Little Rock. Witnesses included several people, including confidential informants, who testified they purchased drugs from Banks and from people who were involved in the sale of drugs with Banks. 

Many of the witnesses were originally charged with drug-related offenses along with Banks and later pleaded guilty, according to the court decision.

Witnesses also testified Banks threatened a Little Rock police detective.

The appeals panel rejected several arguments Banks made on appeal, including that Howard erred in allowing into evidence a letter containing references to the “crips,” the name of a widely recognized gang. He also argued that Howard should have allowed three defense witnesses to testify.

The appeals court said that a letter admitted into evidence twice used the word “crips” and that references to the gang were “fleeting” and “vague” and not emphasized by prosecutors. Also, the court said, the “likelihood of undue prejudice was remote.”

The letter and envelope are both handwritten. The letter is signed, Big C.

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