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US v. Hassan, No. 05-6949

Defendant's money laundering convictions are reversed where, although the government had abundant evidence of defendant's khat-related activities, the circumstantial evidence that the government presented did not support an inference that his proceeds were the result of the importation of cathinone. Other drug and conspiracy convictions are vacated where the district court gave erroneous instructions that omitted defendant's specific intent to import a controlled substance.

Read US v. Hassan, No. 05-6949

Appellate Information

Argued May 4, 2007

Filed August 21, 2009


Opinion by Judge Pooler


For Appellant:

Ira M. Feinberg, Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P., New York, NY

For Appellee:

Mary K. Barr, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn, NY