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United States v. Guest

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Citation. 383 U.S. 745, 86 S. Ct. 1170, 16 L. Ed. 2d 239 (1966)

Brief Fact Summary. Upon addressing specific issues of statutory construction, the Supreme Court of the United States (Supreme Court) reversed the dismissals of the Defendants’, Guest and others (Defendants) indictments.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. 18 U.S.C. Section:241 does encompass Fourteenth Amendment constitutional rights.

Facts. Six Defendants were indicted for criminal conspiracy in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section:241. The indictments alleged a single conspiracy by the Defendants to deprive black citizens of the free exercise and enjoyments of several specified rights secured by the United States Constitution (Constitution) and laws of the United States. The charges involved the killing of a black reserve officer. The federal indictment was brought after the Defendants had been acquitted of murder in a Georgia court. The Defendants successfully moved to dismiss the indictment on the ground that it did not charge an offense under the laws of the United States.

Issue. Whether the federal indictment is based on an offense under the laws of the United States?

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