Dixson v. United States Case Brief

Facts of the Case

“The City of Peoria received two federal block grants from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city then designated a community-based social service organization to be the city’s subgrantee in charge of administering the federal block grant funds. The organization subsequently hired petitioners to act as officers in charge of administering the programs. Later, a federal grand jury named the petitioners in an indictment which charged that as “public officials” under 18 USCS 201(a) they had sought a series of bribes in return for being influenced in regard to awarding housing rehabilitation contracts in violation of 18 USCS 201(c)(1), (2). Before trial, the petitioners moved to dismiss the indictment on the ground that they were not “public officials” within the meaning of the federal statute. Their motions were denied, and they were convicted as charged and sentenced following a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. The petitioners appealed, but the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the decision.”


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Case Information

Citation: 465 US 482 (1984)
Argued: Oct 12, 1983
Decided: Feb 22, 1984
Case Brief: 1984