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IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF ALASKA
) Court of Appeals Nos. A-9501/9502
) Trial Court Nos. 3AN-04-10110 CR
O P I N I O N
STATE OF ALASKA,
) No. 2142 — January 18, 2008
Appeal from the District Court, Third Judicial District,
Anchorage, John R. Lohff, Judge.
Appearances: Christi A. Pavia, Pavia Law Office LLC,
Anchorage, for the Appellant. Blair M. Christensen, Assistant
Attorney General, Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals,
Anchorage, and Craig J. Tillery, Acting Attorney General,
Juneau, for the Appellee.
Before: Coats, Chief Judge, and Mannheimer and Stewart,
Nathaniel Vickers was convicted of violating a condition of his bail release
by having contact with his domestic companion, Annette Jamestown. During trial,
Vickers argued that he was not guilty because he reasonably, though mistakenly, believed
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his conditions of release allowed him to have contact with Jamestown. The jury rejected
that defense and convicted Vickers.
On appeal, Vickers claims the district court impermissibly limited his mistake
defense. He also argues that the court violated his due process rights by allowing the State
to use evidence of his earlier conviction for violating his conditions of release to show
that he was not mistaken when he committed the present offense. And he argues that the
district court erred by not instructing the jury to consider only writte