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United States v. Shabani
United States Supreme Court
513 U.S. 10 (1994)
Reshat Shabani (defendant) was charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine. Shabani moved to have the indictment dismissed on the ground that it failed to allege that he committed an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy. The United States District Court for the District of Alaska denied the motion, and Shabani was convicted after a jury trial. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed, reasoning that although an overt act was an essential element of the offense, the indictment did not need to allege every element of a conspiracy offense. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (O’Connor, J.)
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