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United States v. Emond

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
935 F.2d 1511 (1991)


Facts

Emond (defendant) was the village manager of a town in Illinois. Emond used his official position to operate various graft and bribery schemes. Emond and several other defendants were charged with counts including fraud, racketeering, and tax evasion. Most of the defendants entered voluntary pleas and testified against Emond at trial. Emond and four other defendants, including Emond’s wife, were tried jointly in federal court. All five defendants moved for severance prior to trial, but their motions for severance were denied. Emond and his wife appealed their convictions on grounds that the trial court’s refusal to grant severance denied them a fair trial.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Flaum, J.)

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