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United States v. Cueto

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
151 F.3d 620 (7th Cir. 1998)


Facts

Amiel Cueto (defendant), an attorney, had a financial interest in an illegal video gambling business owned by Thomas Venezia. The government initiated a grand jury to investigate Venezia’s business and Cueto, as Venezia’s attorney, filed numerous motions, some of them frivolous, to impede the investigation and discharge the jury. All of the motions were denied. Throughout Venezia’s subsequent investigation and trial, Cueto also filed other pleadings, an appellate brief, and a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court, as well as made other attempts to influence or otherwise impede the prosecution of Venezia (although all such attempts were done in his official capacity as Venezia’s attorney). Cueto was convicted of obstruction of justice under the Omnibus Provision of 18 U.S.C. § 1503. He appealed.

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