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Criminal Practice – Conspiracy Charge Sticks for False Distress Call (access required)

U.S. v. Deffenbaugh Although defendant claims he could not be convicted of federal conspiracy to make a false distress call to the Coast Guard because his girlfriend was not aware a call to the Coast Guard would be part of the plan to fake his death in order to avoid a state probation violation hearing, evidence showed she understood the plan would involve a false distress call and the 4th Circuit affirms defendant’s conspiracy conviction to violate 14 U.S.C. § 88(c).

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