United States v. Hampton case brief summary
464 F.3d 687 (2010)
Defendant appealed from the United
States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern
Division, where a jury convicted defendant of ten robberies of
federally insured banks plus one attempted robbery of such a bank and
of related crimes involving firearms. The only issue on appeal was
whether the banks were in fact federally insured.
CASE FACTS Photocopies that purported to be the
certificates of insurance that the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation (FDIC) had issued to the banks (but no originals) were
introduced into evidence, and an employee of each bank, typically a
teller, testified that an identical photocopy hanging on the wall of
his bank was a true copy of the bank's certificate.
All the copies
placed in evidence bore dates of issuance of the copied certificate
before the robberies.
Of course, even if the copies were accurate
copies of valid certificates of insurance issued by the FDIC, the
insurance may have expired or been cancelled or may have been issued
to predecessors of these banks and somehow lapsed when the banks were
acquired by their present owners.
The employees who testified about
their banks' insured status testified that the banks were currently
insured, and the jury was entitled to believe their testimony.
would have been better had they been asked whether the banks had been
insured on the date of the robberies, five months earlier.
likelihood that insurance had lapsed and been reinstated was too
slight to undermine the testimony seriously.
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