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United States v. Adams

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

June 18, 2015

United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee,
v.
Shannon Marie Adams, Defendant - Appellant

 Submitted January 16, 2015

Appeal from United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock.

For United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee: Patricia S. Harris, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Cameron Charles McCree, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR.

Shannon Marie Adams, Defendant - Appellant, Pro se, Aliceville, AL.

For Shannon Marie Adams, Defendant - Appellant: Mark Alan Jesse, Jesse Law Firm, Little Rock, AR.

Before COLLOTON, BEAM, and KELLY, Circuit Judges.

OPINION

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COLLOTON, Circuit Judge.

A jury convicted Shannon Adams of sex trafficking of a minor, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1591(a)(1), and acquitted her of knowingly permitting her minor child to engage in the production of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2251(b). Adams appeals, arguing that the evidence was insufficient to support her conviction, and that the district court[1] erred in denying her pretrial motion to dismiss the child pornography charge. We conclude that there was sufficient evidence to support the conviction, and that any error in denying the motion to dismiss was harmless. We therefore affirm the judgment.

I.

There were credibility disputes at the trial, but for purposes of reviewing the sufficiency of the evidence, we set forth

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the evidence in the light most favorable to the jury's verdict. On October 31, 2011, Adams took her 16-year-old daughter, whom we will call " M," out of school and brought her to Don Ray Harris's house. Harris, a paraplegic who has used a wheelchair for over 30 years, is a veteran and has received morphine pills monthly from the Veterans Administration for 25 years. Harris regularly sold and gave away some of his pills, and Adams was one of his customers.

Before arriving at Harris's house, Adams called him several times. During one of their phone calls, Adams told Harris that M wanted to " show her tits" to him in exchange for two morphine pills. She said bluntly: " two tits; two morphine." Adams told M that Harris was dying and depressed, and that it would ...


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