United States v. Taylor

2006 WL 521595 (2006)

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United States v. Taylor

United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
2006 WL 521595 (2006)

Facts

Air Force Second Lieutenant Daniel Taylor (defendant) was facing charges that he had counterfeited United States currency. Taylor sent letters to his family and several officials claiming that he was contemplating suicide. Several days later, a park ranger found an inflatable kayak containing Taylor’s wallet, a spent shell casing, and some blood smears. The authorities determined that the scene was staged to look like a suicide and arrested Taylor approximately one month later. The authorities found evidence that Taylor had forged numerous documents to create a new identity for himself. Further, several months before the kayak scene was discovered, Taylor had downloaded two articles about changing one’s identity and how to get lost and stay lost. At a general court-martial, Taylor was convicted of desertion, multiple forgery-related crimes, and larceny. Taylor appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Jacobson, J.)

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