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Evidence Keyed to Sklansky
United States v. Johnson
Citation:71 F.3d 539 (6th Cir. 1995)
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The prosecution charge the defendant with nine counts of drug-related offenses and four counts of mail fraud. The prosecution’s theory at trial was that the defendant and his accomplice, who together ran a health clinic, were engaged in the distribution of controlled substances and illegal medical billing practices. The defendant was convicted. The defendant believed that the district court erroneously admitted hearsay evidence when the prosecution called a former employee of his clinic to the stand, who testified that pharmacies would telephone the Clinic about prescriptions written by the defendant. The witness testified that she told the defendant’s accomplice about these phone calls and heard the accomplice tell the defendant that “he was going to have to stop writing prescriptions like that.”
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