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Inconsistent Verdicts While Tolerable Generally Must Not Be Invited

Inconsistent verdicts are tolerated in the federal criminal system. For example, if the defendant is charged with two crimes and guilt of the second crime requires or at least assumes guilt of the first, then acquittal of the first count will not require reversal of a guilty verdict on the second count...

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Prosecutors Strike Out on Barry Bonds as Ninth Circuit Narrows Obstruction Strike Zone

By Sanjay Bhandari, Henry E. Hockeimer, Jr., and Charles A. Stillman The indictment and trial of famed baseball slugger Barry Bonds for perjury and obstruction of justice drew nationwide attention. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ April 22, 2015, en banc decision reversing Bonds’...