United States v. Pickett

353 F.3d 62 (2004)

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United States v. Pickett

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
353 F.3d 62 (2004)

  • Written by Sharon Feldman, JD

Facts

Pickett (defendant) was a U.S. Capitol Police officer. Pickett was stationed at a security post during the investigation of a letter containing the deadly toxin Anthrax in powder form that had been delivered to a senator’s office on Capitol Hill. On the desk at which Pickett had been sitting, an officer found a handwritten note and a pile of white powder. The note invited the reader to inhale and call the doctor for flu symptoms and indicated it was a Capitol Police training exercise. When Pickett was questioned, he said it was a joke and that the powder was the sugar substitute Equal. Pickett was indicted for making false statements in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001. He was convicted after trial and appealed, arguing that the district court erred in denying his motion to dismiss the indictment on the ground that it did not allege that the charged conduct was made in a congressional investigation or review as required by § 1001(c).

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Sentelle, J.)

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