Sunday, November 24, 2013

Community Counselling Service, Inc. v. Reilly case brief

Community Counselling Service, Inc. v. Reilly case brief summary
313 F.2d 239 (1963)


CASE SYNOPSIS
Defendant appealed a decision from a United States district court, which convicted him of four counts of transportation in interstate commerce with fraudulent intent of a falsely made security in violation of 18 U.S.C.S. § 2314.

CASE FACTS
Defendant was convicted of transportation in interstate commerce with fraudulent intent of a falsely made security in violation of 18 U.S.C.S. § 2314. At trial, he testified on his own behalf. In rebuttal, the prosecution called police officers who testified to defendant's bad reputation for truth and veracity over defendant's objection. Defendant appealed, claiming that the district court committed prejudicial error by admitting such evidence.

DISCUSSION

  • In affirming the district court's decision, the court held that the government could impeach defendant in any way normally available, including through the use of witnesses, when he testified on his own behalf. 
  • The court also held that it was not error for the district court to ask the government's character witnesses whether they would believe defendant under oath.

CONCLUSION
The court affirmed the district court's decision to convict defendant of the transportation in interstate commerce with fraudulent intent of a falsely made security.

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