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United States v. Kelley Tech. Coatings, Inc.

The court affirms the convictions of a paint manufacturing company and its vice president for knowingly storing and disposing of hazardous waste without a permit in violation of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) §3008(d)(2)(...

United States v. Tomono

The court holds that a district court erred in granting a Japanese reptile importer/exporter who violated the Lacey Act a three-level downward departure from U.S. Sentencing Guidelines based on cultural differences. The court...

United States v. McKittrick

The court upholds a hunter's conviction for taking and possessing a gray wolf in violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and transporting the gray wolf in violation of the Lacey Act. The hunter shot and killed a gray wolf that...

United States v. Senchenko

The court affirms a jury conviction against a hunter for unlawfully snaring bears and for knowingly engaging in conduct involving an intent to sell bear parts with a market value in excess of $350 in violation of the Lacey Act. The...

United States v. Rockwell Int'l Corp.

The court holds that the U.S. Department of Justice's attempt to intervene in a qui tam suit filed against a corporation for violations of the False Claims Act did not breach a plea agreement in which the corporation pled...

United States v. Silva

The court affirms a district court's denial of a bird expert's motion to withdraw his guilty plea to charges of conspiracy to knowingly import, transport, and sell wildlife. The court first holds that the decision to deny the motion to...

United States v. Zagari

The court remands the sentences of one individual that was convicted of wire fraud and one individual that was convicted of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and Travel Act violations, wire and mail fraud, tax...

United States v. Freeman

The court holds that the district court did not err by adding to a corporate officer's base offense level under §§2Q1.2(b)(1)(B) and 3B1.1(a) of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines for his conviction under §3008(d) of the Resource...

United States v. Mitchell

The court holds that statements made by two district water system operators to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during a criminal investigation may not be suppressed in an action against them for falsifying the water...