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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Burks v. United States
Citation:437 U.S. 1 (1978)
Burks (Petitioner) was charged with robbery of a federally insured bank by use of a dangerous weapon in federal district court. His principle defense was insanity. The court denied his motion for a judgment of acquittal. The jury then found Burks guilty. Burks filed a motion for a new trial, which the district court denied. The court of appeals then reversed his conviction, concluding that the evidence was insufficient to support the verdict of guilty. The parties dispute whether Burks should face a new trial or if a directed verdict of acquittal should be entered.
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