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United States v. Knight

700 F.3d 59 (2012)

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United States v. Knight

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

700 F.3d 59 (2012)

Facts

On May 12, 2008, Amon Thomas and Shadrock Frett engaged in a gunfight. Frett sustained gunshot wounds and was hospitalized. On May 21, Frett was shot to death in the hospital. Amifa Knight (defendant), a hospital employee, had accessed Frett’s hospital records on May 20. On that same day, Knight had telephone conversations with Thomas’s brother, Halik Milligan. Knight told investigators that she had accessed the records in order to give Frett’s hospital room number to Milligan. However, Knight later testified under oath that she had accessed the records in order to give Frett’s hospital room number to visitors. Subsequently, perjury charges were brought against Knight. At Knight’s trial before the district court, the judge admitted evidence pertaining to the May 12 and May 21 shootings. The jury convicted Knight of perjury. Knight appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Roth, J.)

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