Nos. 88-3072, 88-3081.

877 F.2d 901 (1989)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Billy Eugene GOSSETT, Jr., Defendant-Appellant. UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. William RECTOR, Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

July 19, 1989.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

F. Wesley Blankner, Jr., Katz, Jaeger & Blankner, Orlando, Fla., for Billy Eugene Gossett, Jr.

Peter Warren Kenny, Orlando, Fla., for William Rector.

H. Manuel Hernandez, Joseph D. Magri, Asst. U.S. Attys., Orlando, Fla., for the U.S.

RONEY, Chief Judge, and HILL, Circuit Judge.


In this highly unusual case involving mutiny and murder on the high seas, defendants William Rector and Billy Eugene Gossett appeal their conviction for the murder of a ship's Captain, the attempted murder of his First Mate and mutiny. They assert that the district court failed to provide adequate funds for an investigation, to sever and to continue the trial, and that the district court made certain trial errors including refusing to permit a proffered...

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