Callanan v. United States Case Brief

Facts of the Case

Petitioner was convicted of obstructing commerce by extortion and conspiracy to obstruct commerce by extortion in violation of the Hobbs Antiracketeering Act, 18 U.S.C.S. § 1951, and was sentenced to two consecutive 12-year sentences. Petitioner sought correction of the sentences and claimed that the crimes were merged and only one sentence should have been imposed. The appellate court affirmed the sentencing and order of the trial court, which held that the Hobbs Act gave no indication of a departure from the usual rule that a conspiracy and the substantive crime, which was its object, may be cumulatively punished. Petitioner appealed the judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, which affirmed the trial court’s imposition of consecutive 12-year sentences for convictions for obstructing commerce by extortion and conspiracy to obstruct commerce by extortion in violation of 18 U.S.C.S. § 1951. Petitioner sought correction of the sentences.

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Case Information

Citation: 364 US 587 (1961)
Argued: Nov 15 – 16, 1960
Decided: Jan 9, 1961
Case Brief: 1961