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Langbord v. United States Department of Treasury

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
832 F.3d 170 (2016)


Facts

Joan Langbord, Roy Langbord, and David Langbord (plaintiffs) claimed to own 10 pieces of gold, although the government claimed the United States owned the gold. To support its claim, the government admitted Secret Service reports from the 1930s and 1940s. The trial court admitted the reports under the ancient-documents exception to the hearsay rule, over the Langbords’ objection. A jury found in favor of the government, and the Langbords appealed, arguing that the Secret Service reports contained double hearsay and were therefore inadmissible.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hardiman, J.)

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