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Cuellar v. United States

Docket No.: 06-1456
Certiorari Granted: 10/15/2007
Argued: February 25, 2008
Decided: June 2, 2008

PartyNames: Humberto Fidel Regalado Cuellar v. United States
Petitioner: Humberto Fidel Regalado Cuellar
Respondent: United States

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Citation: 478 F3d 282
Supreme Court Docket

Humberto Fidel Regalado Cuellar
v.
United States
553 U.S. 550 (2008)
Question Presented:

Whether merely hiding funds with no design to create the appearance of legitimate wealth is sufficient to support a money laundering conviction.

Question:

Does the federal money laundering statute require the government to prove that the defendant was trying to portray ill-gotten gains as legitimate wealth, or must prosecutors show only that the defendant was attempting to conceal criminal proceeds?

Cuellar v. United States
ORAL ARGUMENT

February 25, 2008

Holding: reversed
Vote: 9-0
Majority: unanimous
Concurring: Alito,Roberts,Kennedy
Opinion By:

Cuellar v. United States
Case Documents

1Cuellar v. United States Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
2Slip Opinion in Cuellar v. United States (Opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas)
3Cuellar v. United States Oral Argument Transcript
4Cuellar v. United States Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
Additional documents for this case are pending review.