Byline: Derek Hawkins
7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Case Name: United States of America v. Khalid Hamdan
Case No.: 18-1327
Officials: KANNE, ROVNER, and BARRETT, Circuit Judges.
Focus: Abuse of Discretion Evidentiary Ruling
Khalid Hamdan appeals his 2014 conviction on three counts related to his activities involving XLR-11, a Schedule I synthetic cannabinoid used to make the street drug "spice." On appeal, Hamdan argues the district court abused its discretion by granting the government's motion to quash Hamdan's subpoenas of two Wisconsin state troopers. The troopers previously arrested and questioned Hamdan after a 2012 traffic stop where Hamdan possessed a different synthetic cannabinoid. According to Hamdan, this evidence would have supported his defense that he honestly believed synthetic cannabinoids were legal substances and he therefore lacked the requisite mens rea to commit the alleged crimes. Hamdan...