United States v. Paris

President of private college pleads guilty to accepting public funds for the college and kicking a portion of them back to the Arkansas state senator who procured them. (The president gets a 3-year sentence, and the senator gets an 18-year sentence.) But wait! On the eve of trial, the lead FBI agent on the case destroyed a hard drive that contained undisclosed surreptitious recordings from an informant. Dismiss the indictment? Eighth Circuit: No. It’s mere speculation that anything helpful to the president’s case was destroyed, and, besides, the court barred the feds from using the recordings and calling that agent as a witness.

Tags: 2020, Eighth Circuit, FBI, Wire Fraud

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