23 June 2014

Law in Plain English: Loughrin v. United States

This is one in a series of posts designed to describe court decisions in plain English. For more detail and background on the legal issues, see the link to the case below. For similar posts, click here.

SCOTUSblogLoughrin v. United States

Argument: Apr 1 2014 (Aud.)

Background: TBD

Issue: The question before the Court is whether the government must prove that the defendant intended to defraud a bank and expose it to risk of loss in every prosecution under 18 U.S.C. § 1344.

Holding: In a 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the statute at issue here does not require the government to prove that a defendant intended to defraud a financial institution. The provision requires only that the defendant intended to obtain bank property and this is accomplished by a false statement.
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