Criminal Law Keyed to Dressler
United States v. Veach
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Veach’s automobile collided with another vehicle in a national park. The U.S. Park Rangers suspected and tested for intoxication by field tests and a portable breath analysis, which all confirmed it. While he was being made ready for transport, he tried to pull away from them which made one of the officers fall, and also repeatedly threatened to kill them and chop off their heads, both then and while he was being taken from hospital to the detention center. The jury found that he was guilty of resisting a federal law enforcement officer under 18 U.S.C. Section 111(a)(1), and for threatening to assault and murder a federal law enforcement officer in order to prevent the officer from carrying out his official duties under 18 U.S.C. Section 115(a)(1)(B).the trial court allowed the government motion to ban the introduction of evidence citing voluntary intoxication. The court of appeals granted review.
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