Us Vs. Charles Thomas Essay

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Court Observation Outline

I. Introduction

II. Nature and Participants

United States of America vs. Charles "Chuck" Thomas

III. Testimony and Arguments defense

Main Argument of Defense

Family Issues

Plain Error

Violation of 6th Amendment

Blakely vs. Washington

Court's Response

V. What I Learned

I. Introduction

This was certainly not Charles Thomas's first time in a court room, several months before this he was being tired on a base offence level for money laundering with his partner Herbert Fletcher. Fletcher was tried in a different trial but was still called as a witness to this trial as a result of him pleading guilty and striking a deal with the court for his
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The District Court rejected the defendant's contentions and imposed a sentence of Thomas paying full restitution to the Banding Company, a sum of 6, 483,493 dollars, a fine of 2,500 dollars and a special assessment of 1,300 dollars, as well as 84 months in prison.

II. Nature and Participants

Here we find Thomas in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit of Philadelphia appealing the District Courts original verdict and sentence. In this court room we can find Patrick L Meehan: U.S. Attourny, Robert A. Zaumer: Assistant U.S. Attourny, and Catherine Votaw: Assistant U.S. Attourny as the Appellee. The witness from this trial includes: The Banding Company's witness who testified to the precise amount of the company's loss. As well as Herbert Fletcher, who testified that it was in fact his own idea to file false statements to the SBA and NAS.

III. Arguments

Main Argument of Defense

The basis for the Appellant's argument is that the District Court improperly enhanced Mr. Thomas's maximum allowable sentence under federal sentencing guidelines on the basis of facts not found by the jury beyond a reasonable doubt, in violation of the 6th amendment and Blakely vs. Washington.

Family Issues

Thomas exclaimed to the court that his actions were a result of several serious family issues. One being that they the family was financially unstable and that he needed the money to

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