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US v. Markle, No. 06-1600

By FindLaw Staff on December 14, 2010 2:28 PM

Hobbs Act Conviction Affirmed

In US v. Markle, No. 06-1600, the court affirmed defendant's Hobbs Act extortion conviction, holding that the district court did not err in denying a defense under United States v. Enmons, 410 U.S. 396 (1973), because such defense is limited to labor-management disputes and does not extend to inter-union violence.

As the court wrote:  "Steven Markle appeals from a March 23, 2006 judgment of conviction and sentence of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York (Arcara, J.). A jury found Markle guilty of two counts of attempted Hobbs Act extortion in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a). The district court entered a judgment of conviction and sentenced Markle to two concurrent terms of 57 months' imprisonment, followed by two concurrent terms of two years of supervised release."

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