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United States v. Beauchamp

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
986 F.2d 1 (1993)


Beauchamp (defendant) was charged with crimes related to fraudulently cashing a tax-refund check belonging to Francisca and Domingo Franco. Beauchamp’s defense was that he had gotten the check from a man as payment for a car. Beauchamp claimed that one of his acquaintances, Joseph Massey, had brought the man to Beauchamp to buy the car. Massey testified at trial, and during his testimony he stated that he lived at 101 Carpenter Street. Beauchamp attempted to impeach Massey by calling Zelmare Amaral, the landlord of 101 Carpenter Street, to testify that Massey did not live at that address and instead Massey’s brother and sister lived there. The trial court did not allow Amaral to testify, because Massey’s residence was a collateral matter. Following his conviction, Beauchamp appealed on the basis that he should have been allowed to impeach Massey with Amaral’s testimony.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Campbell, J.)

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