Articles Tagged with Hearsay

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It’s been an interesting few weeks in the circuits (and, apologies for the gap in posting – pesky family vacations).

Probably my favorite is United States v. Mergen, about whether an FBI agent’s statements that what the guy charged with a crime was doing were ok and legal were admissible. I tend to think FBI stings that take advantage of how weak the entrapment defense is are one of the more loathsome things our federal government does – any time you can poke holes in that I think it’s a good thing.

Also of note is United States v. Bagdy – there, a guy who spent an inheritance on stuff that wasn’t restitution, instead of restitution, didn’t violate his supervised release conditions. Supervised release can be insane – especially when restitution is in play. Nice work for the Third Circuit in dialing it back.

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David Sklena and Edward Sarvey worked together in the futures pit of the Chicago Board of Trade.

On April 2, 2004, between 7:31 and 7:38 in the morning, the government contends that the two men engaged in a conspiracy to commit commodities and wire fraud.

7776_share_markets.jpgSeven Minutes in April

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Air travel is always hard, but Samir Ibisevic’s trip was much worse than most.

His father had died, and he was flying to Sarajevo for the funeral. He’d been up all night traveling from Syracuse to Dulles with his mother, Rahima. He had a headache and he was upset by his father’s death.

169329_dulles_under_the_eave.jpgHe also had $5,000 in cash in his pocket, and his mom had another $35,000 in her bags.