Blackledge v. United States

447 A.2d 46 (1982)

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Blackledge v. United States

District of Columbia Court of Appeals
447 A.2d 46 (1982)

  • Written by Sharon Feldman, JD

Facts

Ann Fleury’s purse was stolen. A gasoline credit card in the name of Fleury’s husband was in the purse. Ervin Blackledge (defendant) had a gasoline attendant fill his tank and presented Fleury’s credit card for payment. The attendant found the card on a list of bad cards and told Blackledge he would have to pay cash. Blackledge tried to leave, but an officer blocked Blackledge’s path. Blackledge claimed the person who had given him the credit card assured him the card had not been stolen and could be used to purchase gasoline. Blackledge was convicted of receiving stolen property and attempted false pretenses. On appeal, Blackledge argued that the evidence was insufficient to prove intent and that, because Blackledge presented the credit card after the gasoline was pumped into the car, the government (plaintiff) could not prove the element of reliance on a misrepresentation required for attempted false pretenses.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Gallagher, J.)

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