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United States v. Finley
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
301 F.3d 1000 (2002)
Richard Finley (defendant) was charged with bank fraud and other crimes related to various financial transactions. Intent was a required element of the crime of bank fraud. At trial, Finley sought to introduce the expert testimony of his psychologist, Dr. John Wicks. Wicks testified that Finley had an abnormal belief system that was closed and not subject to change. Finley sought to introduce this testimony in order to permit the jury to conclude that he did not have the intent to commit bank fraud. The district court excluded Wicks’s expert testimony under Federal Rule of Evidence (FRE) 704(b). Finley was convicted, and he appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Bright, J.)
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