United States v. Amato

Petition for Certiorari

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This is a petition for Certiorari asking the United States Supreme Court to set aside the RICO murder conviction based on the trial court's misapplication of Federal Rule of Evidence 613(b) regarding the use of extrinisic evidence of a witness's prior inconsistent statements. Here, the witness, the underboss of the Bonanno family previously told two witnesses the charged murder was committed on his orders and to protect him and his son; but at trial he testified otherwise. The judge would not permit the defendant to call as witnesses two government cooperators who would have tesified that earlier the witness had told them the murder was at his behest and to prevent his exposure by the victim as an organized crime boss.

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Published In: Civil Rights Updates, Constitutional Law Updates, Criminal Law Updates

Reference Info:Pleadings | Federal, U.S. Supreme Court | United States