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United States v. Jones

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
107 F.3d 1147 (1997)


Facts

Kathleen Jones (defendant) was convicted of several crimes involving her fraudulently obtaining and using a credit card in someone else’s name. To establish that Jones had signed the credit-card application, signed a post-office box application where she received the card, and signed a receipt for a purchase she made with the card, the government submitted samples of her handwriting from different sources. Jones objected to the admission of one of the samples—a card that she sent to Bruce Cronin, the father of Jones’s son-in-law—on the basis that Cronin could not authenticate it as being from her, because he was not familiar with her handwriting. The trial court overruled the objection and admitted the document based on Cronin’s testimony that although he was not familiar with Jones’s handwriting, the card contained information that only Jones would know and was signed with her name. Jones appealed the card’s admission.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Moore, J.)

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