Nos. 06-4112, 07-1939.

522 F.3d 731 (2008)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Tyreese R. TAYLOR, Defendant-Appellant. United States of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Samuel R. Hogsett, Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided April 3, 2008.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Robert A. Anderson (argued), Office of the United States Attorney, Madison, WI, for Plaintiff-Appellee.

David R. Karpe (argued), Madison, WI, for Defendant-Appellant.

Before POSNER, RIPPLE, and TINDER, Circuit Judges.

POSNER, Circuit Judge.

We have consolidated for decision two appeals presenting overlapping issues under Rule 404(b) of the Federal Rules of Evidence, which governs the admissibility of evidence of previous crimes or other "bad acts." Tyreese Taylor and Samuel Hogsett were convicted in separate trials of distributing crack (Hogsett was also convicted of a gun offense) and sentenced to 240 and 355 months in prison, respectively.

Rule 404(b) forbids the use...

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