Criminal Law Keyed to Johnson
United States v. Sturm
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Extortion is defined as the obtaining of property from another with consent by the wrongful use of threats, force, violence, or fear. John Sturm (Defendant) received a loan from the Worcester County Institution for Savings (WCIS) to purchase an Aero Commander aircraft. The loan was secured by the aircraft itself, as well as the plane’s logbooks. Logbooks were required for all commercial aircrafts. After several missed payments, WCIS learned that Defendant had financial problems and repossessed the plane without the logbooks. However, WCIS learned that it could not obtain a fair auction price for the plane without the logbooks. WCIS asked Defendant to return the logbooks on various occasions. Defendant told WCIS representatives that he did not know where the logbooks were but would return the books for a fee of $20,000. Thereafter, WCIS contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). WCIS then informed Defendant that the fee had been approved. Shortly thereafter, FBI agents posing as WCIS officers met with Defendant. The FBI agents arrested Defendant after he showed the agents the logbooks. Defendant was charged with and convicted of attempted extortion in violation of the Hobbs Act, 18 U.S.C. §1951, which punishes anyone who affects interstate commerce by robbery or extortion. At trial, the judge instructed the jury that Defendant had a claim-of-right defense and that the government was not required to prove that Defendant knew his acts were illegal. The jury rendered a verdict finding Defendant guilty of attempted extortion. Defendant appealed.
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