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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
United States v. Sun-Diamond Growers of California
Citation:526 U.S. 398, 119 S.Ct. 1402, 143 L.Ed.2d 576 (1999)
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Sun-Diamond (Defendant) was charged with giving the former Secretary of Agriculture, Michael Espy, illegal gratuities in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 201(c)(1)(A). Sun-Diamond had given Espy tickets to the U.S. Open and other gifts, while having an interest in the government’s regulation of a pesticide that was used by many of its grower cooperatives. The jury convicted Sun-Diamond on one count. The Court of Appeals reversed, finding that the district court had instructed the jury to convict Sun-Diamond on materially less evidence than the statute demanded.
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