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Barnes v. United States
United States Supreme Court
412 U.S. 837 (1973)
Barnes (defendant) opened a checking account using the pseudonym “Charles Smith.” Several days later, Barnes deposited U.S. Treasury checks ranging from $154 to $269 that had been mailed to four individuals. Barnes was charged in federal district court on two counts of possessing the government checks stolen from the postal service with knowledge they had been stolen, two counts of forgery, and two counts of uttering. At trial, the four intended recipients of the checks testified that they did not receive the checks and did not know Barnes. Barnes was convicted and he appealed. The court of appeals affirmed. The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Powell, J.)
Dissent (Douglas, J.)
Dissent (Brennan, J.)
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