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United States v. Lindemann

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
85 F.3d 1232 (7th Cir. 1996)


Facts

George Lindemann (defendant) was charged with wire fraud in connection with a conspiracy to have his horse killed for the purpose of collecting insurance proceeds. Tommy Burns testified about the conspiracy and Lindemann’s involvement. On cross-examination, Lindemann suggested that Burns’s testimony was biased because Burns would not have received a plea deal without testifying against Lindemann. On redirect examination, Burns testified that he had killed horses for many other people, and had cooperated with the government during the prosecutions of approximately 30 other people. Lindemann was convicted. Lindemann appealed, arguing that Burns’s testimony on redirect examination should not have been admitted, because it was improper bolstering of Burns’s credibility.

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