United States v. Jackson
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
208 F.3d 633 (2000)
The United States (plaintiff) charged Angela Jackson (defendant), a Black law student, with several counts of fraud involving the United Parcel Service (UPS). The government claimed, among other things, that Jackson tried to send hate packages to prominent Black recipients in UPS letter packages that Jackson had labeled with the return address of the Euro-American Student Union. Government investigators discovered evidence on Jackson’s computer someone had used the computer to conduct Internet searches for white-supremacy groups and to visit the websites of Storm Front and the Euro-American Student Union. The government alleged that Jackson had created false email correspondence to try to frame the head of the Euro-American Student Union for the hate packages, and prosecutors produced evidence that Jackson had tried to falsify hospital records to create an alibi that she was in the hospital at the time that 8the fake emails were sent. During Jackson’s trial, Jackson attempted to introduce postings from white-supremacy groups’ websites that purportedly took responsibility for the hate packages. However, Jackson provided no evidence that the white-supremacy groups had made the postings in question. The trial court refused to admit the postings because they were not properly authenticated. A jury ultimately convicted Jackson of fraud, and she appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Evans, J.)
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