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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Dressler
Fong Foo v. Untied States
Citation:369 U.S. 141, 82 S.Ct. 671, 7 L.Ed. 629.
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After seven days of what promised to be a long and complicated trial, three government witnesses had appeared and a fourth was in the process of testifying. At that point, the district judge directed the jury to return verdicts of acquittal as to all of the defendants, and a formal judgment of acquittal was subsequently entered. The district judge did this due to alleged improper conduct on the part of the prosecutor and a supposed lack of credibility in the testimony of the witnesses who had testified up to that point.
The Government appealed. The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vacated the acquittal and directed that the defendants be tried again for the same offense.
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