United States v. Crockett

435 F.3d 1305 (2006)

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United States v. Crockett

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
435 F.3d 1305 (2006)

Facts

Blayde Crockett (defendant) was charged with conspiracy and filing false tax returns in connection with a tax-evasion scheme. As part of this scheme, the Reed family asked Crockett to prepare their tax return for 1995. At trial, Crockett testified in his own defense. Crockett testified that he would never advise or help anyone to evade tax obligations. On cross-examination, the prosecution (plaintiff) asked, over Crockett’s objection, about the fact that Crockett did not file personal income-tax returns for the years 1992 to 1998. Crockett was convicted, and he appealed, arguing that the cross-examination was not relevant and improperly outside the scope of his direct testimony.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (McKay, J.)

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