Guam Supreme Court affirms drug conviction

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On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Guam, in an opinion authored by Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido and joined by Justice Robert J. Torres and Justice Katherine A. Maraman, decided the appeal in the case of People v. Song, 2021 Guam 14.

Defendant-Appellant Jayson Francisco Song appealed from his convictions for Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance and one charge of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, arguing that the evidence was insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he delivered and possessed an amphetamines-based substance on one of the dates charged in the indictment.

The Supreme Court affirmed Song’s convictions. The court held that viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the People—including substantial circumstantial evidence that the substance on the challenged date was methamphetamine—a rational trier of fact could have found the essential elements of Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance beyond a reasonable doubt.

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