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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
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.


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

February 25, 2008

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