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Whitfield v. U.S.

Docket No.: 03-1293
Certiorari Granted: Oct 4 2004
Argued: November 30, 2004
Decided: January 11, 2005
Consolidated with: 03-1294


18 U.S.C. 1956, Criminal Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, 18 U.S.C. 1956, Civil Rights Act, Sherman Act, Sixth Amendment, Title VII, anti-retaliation, disparate impact, patent, racial discrimination, retaliation, sentencing guidelines, sex discrimination

PartyNames: David Whitfield v. United States
Petitioner: David Whitfield
Respondent: United States

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Citation: 349 F3d 1320
Supreme Court Docket

David Whitfield
United States
543 U.S. 209 (2005)
Question Presented:

1. Whether commission of an overt act is an essential element of a conviction under 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h), conspiracy to commit money laundering? 2. Whether the Supreme Court should resolve the split between the federal circuit courts on the issue of whether an overt act is an essential element of a conviction under 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h)? 3. Whether the district court abused its discretion in omitting an "overt act" element from its instruction on money laundering conspiracy?


Did a conviction for conspiracy to commit money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1956(h), require proof of an overt act furthering the conspiracy?

Whitfield v. U.S.

November 30, 2004

Holding: affirmed
Decision: Decision: 9 votes for U.S., 0 vote(s) against
Vote: 9-0
Opinion By:

Whitfield v. U.S.
Case Documents

1Opinion in Whitfield v. U.S.
2Slip Opinion in Whitfield v. U.S.
3Opinion in Whitfield v. U.S.
Additional documents for this case are pending review.