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United States v. Chaplin

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
25 F.3d 1373 (1994)


Facts

The federal government (plaintiff) prosecuted James M. Chaplin (defendant) on four counts, three of which were for perjury in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1621. Count Two charged that Chaplin falsely denied paying Joseph Voss $8,000 on October 23, 1990. Bank records showed that amount was deposited that day in Voss's account, but Voss testified only that Chaplin paid him $8,000 sometime that month. Count Three charged that Chaplin falsely denied storing material in Voss's garage. Voss gave vague testimony that Chaplin did store material there. Al Payment testified that in 1991 he saw material labelled as Chaplin's in the garage, and a photograph that Payment took in 1991 showed the material in Voss's garage. Count Four charged that Chaplin falsely denied later removing the material. Voss testified that the material stayed in his garage until early 1992. Donald Rhode testified that he saw Chaplin driving away from Voss's house with material in his pickup truck. The jury convicted Chaplin on Counts Two, Three, and Four, and he appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Ripple, J.)

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