United States v. Robertson

PETITIONER:United States
LOCATION:Ohio Elections Commission

DOCKET NO.: 94-251
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1986-2005)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

CITATION: 514 US 669 (1995)
ARGUED: Feb 27, 1995
DECIDED: May 01, 1995

Glenn S. Warren – on behalf of the Respondent
Miguel A. Estrada – on behalf of the Petitioner

Facts of the case


Media for United States v. Robertson

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument – February 27, 1995 in United States v. Robertson

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement – May 01, 1995 in United States v. Robertson

William H. Rehnquist:

I have the opinion of the court to announce in 94-251 United States against Robertson.

This case comes to us from the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and that court overturned the respondent?s conviction for violating a Section of RICO which makes it illegal to invest the proceeds of unlawful activity in any enterprise which is engaged in or affects interstate commerce.

It concluded that the government had failed to introduce evidence sufficient to prove that the Alaskan Goldmine in which respondent had invested his unlawful proceeds was engaged in or affected interstate commerce.

In a Per Curiam opinion filed today with the clerk of the court we reversed the Court of Appeals.

At trial the government proved the respondent?s Goldmine purchased equipment and supplies and recruit employees from outside Alaska.

The goldmine was surely engaged interstate commerce and the judgment the Court of Appeals is therefore reversed.

Our opinion is unanimous.