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US v. Hamilton, 11-4847

A former state legislator's sentence and conviction of a federal program bribery and extortion under color of official right, are affirmed where: 1) the district court's conclusion that the emails were not subject to the marital communications privilege was not an abuse of discretion; 2) defendant's challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence is without merit; 3) district court did not abuse its discretion in refusing to instruct the jury as to a gratuity; and 4) defendant has not demonstrated that district court's application of a fourteen-level sentencing enhancement was plain error or affected his substantial rights.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 12/13/2012
  • Published 12/13/2012


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  • United States Fourth Circuit


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