Sunday, November 17, 2013

United States v. Dykes case brief

United States v. Dykes case brief summary
24 Fed. Appx. 718 (2001)

Defendant was convicted in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California for blackmail. She appealed.

Defendant's former employer terminated defendant and advised her to return to England because her J-1 visa was null and void. Defendant and her boyfriend sent a letter to defendant's former employer. The district court found that the letter was blackmail.

Defendant claimed that the conviction was not supported by sufficient evidence.

However, the instant court held that a rational trier of fact could have found that defendant's letter threatened to inform the public and the authorities of alleged violations of federal immigration laws if the employer did not pay defendant money.

The judgment of the district court was affirmed.

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