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US v. De La Cruz, 05-1548

Convictions and sentences for misapplying public funds are affirmed where: 1) a municipality's ratification, or authorization, of an expenditure is not a complete defense to a federal criminal prosecution for misapplication of public funds; 2) the district court did not abuse its discretion in ruling that a proffered city legal opinion did not qualify under the public records exception; and 3) the sentencing judge did not commit clear error in calculating the loss amount for the offenses.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 05/31/2006
  • Decided 11/29/2006
  • Published 11/29/2006


  • KANNE, Circuit Judge., Before KANNE, EVANS, and SYKES, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellees:
  • David E. Hollar (argued), Office of the United States Attorney, Hammond, IN, for Plaintiff-Appellee., Kevin E. Milner, Palatine, IL, Bryan M. Truitt (argued), Tsoutsouris & Bertig, Valparaiso, IN, for Defendants-Appellants.
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