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United States v. Enterline
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
894 F.2d 287 (1990)
A federal jury convicted Nick Enterline (defendant) of four crimes related to transporting and possessing motor vehicles. Enterline operated a salvage business through which he matched junked cars of the same year, make, and model to stolen cars, then transferred the junked cars’ vehicle identification numbers (VINs) to give stolen cars new identities for seemingly legitimate vehicle registrations. After law-enforcement officers collected VINs through records seized from Enterline’s home, Edward Satterfield, a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, entered the VINs into a computer and generated a computer report (the report). Based on the report, Satterfield testified that several vehicles had been reported stolen. Enterline appealed, arguing in relevant part that the trial court had erred by admitting Satterfield’s testimony based on the report because it was inadmissible hearsay.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Beam, J.)
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