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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
Salinas v. United States
Citation:522 U.S. 52, 118 S.Ct. 469, 139 L.Ed.2d 352 (1997)
Salinas (Defendant) was a deputy sheriff in Hidalgo County, Texas. The United States Marshals Service and Hidalgo County entered into agreements under which the county would take custody of federal prisoners in exchange for a federal government grant for improving its jail. While the county was receiving this federal money, Salinas was involved in a scheme where he exchanged contact visits for a prisoner with his wife and girlfriend, in exchange for a pair of designer watches and a pickup truck. The United States (Prosecution) charged Salinas with one count of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), one count of conspiracy, and two counts of bribery. The jury acquitted Salinas on the substantive RICO count but convicted him on the other counts.
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