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McBoyle v. United States

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
43 F.2d 273 (1930)


William McBoyle (defendant) operated a commercial airport. McBoyle convinced a pilot to steal an airplane from the United States Aircraft Corporation and fly it to McBoyle’s airport. McBoyle changed the serial number on the airplane and instructed the pilot to fly it to an airport in Texas. On the way, the pilot stopped in Oklahoma, where McBoyle told the pilot to sell the airplane and come back to his airport. When the pilot came back, McBoyle told the pilot to fly a similar airplane back to the original airport to deceive the owners. The pilot crashed that plane. McBoyle was charged with violating the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act and was convicted. McBoyle appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Phillips, J.)

Dissent (Cotteral, J.)

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