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United States v. Beasley
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The defendant was convicted for attempting to obtain Dilaudid by misrepresenting the name of the person to appear on the prescription. Evidence showed that the defendant was a biochemist who claimed to be using that drug to experiment on vegetables, and that he had lied to physicians in the course of obtaining prescriptions about his relationship to persons he claimed were his assistants. The defendant argued that he was involved in an experiment whereby he would administer the drugs to vegetables on the theory that administering large doses of tranquilizers and analgesics to vegetables, would help them deal with stress better and absorb nutrients more quickly, increasing their rate of growth. However, the plaintiff, the United States Government (the “plaintiff”) believes that the drugs were sold on the black market due to the size and irregular manner of his purchases coupled with the testimony of witnesses over a ten-month period. The defendant was convicted and now appe als.
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