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Some notes regarding the new 2020 Seventh Circuit criminal instructions

The recent changes to the Seventh Circuit Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions are mostly clerical. For example, the "Preliminary Instructions," which formerly appeared after the statutory instructions (numbered 10.01, 10.02, et seq.), now appear at the beginning of the instructions (and are now unnumbered). There are a few substantive changes:

  • The instruction entitled "DEFINITION OF FEDERAL HEALTH CARE OFFENSE" has been removed.
  • The § 1344 instructions have been thoroughly rewritten.
  • "18 U.S.C. § 1344 MULTIPLE FALSE STATEMENTS CHARGED" has been removed.
  • There is a new instruction covering 18 U.S.C. § 1347(a)(2) (OBTAINING PROPERTY FROM A HEALTH CARE BENEFIT PROGRAM BY FALSE OR FRAUDULENT PRETENSES).
  • The 18 U.S.C. § 2244(b) instruction now includes the jurisdictional element.

The old edition is still posted, but will likely be removed soon to avoid confusion. It will, in any event, continue to be archived here.

(09/22/20) (permalink)

 
 
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