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United States v. Phillips
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
376 F. Supp. 2d 6 (2005)
A federal wire-fraud statute made it illegal to transmit a wire, radio, or television communication in interstate commerce that furthered a fraudulent scheme. Gerald Phillips and three others (defendants) were charged with violating the federal wire-fraud statute. At trial, the prosecution (plaintiff) did not present any evidence that the alleged wire communications ever crossed a state line. Phillips and the others were convicted of violating the wire-fraud statute. However, the men moved for a directed verdict, arguing that they could not be convicted under the federal wire-fraud statute without evidence that their wire communications had crossed a state line.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Ponsor, J.)
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