United States v. Dehertogh, No. 11-1432 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Appellant sought review of his conviction on a charge of conspiracy to collect debts by extortionate means and collection of debts by extortionate means. On appeal, Appellant claimed (1) the trial was tainted by the trial judge's rulings relating to allegations of juror taint and by supposed mistakes in the judge's instructions - or failure to give instructions - to the jury; (2) the district court erred in instructing the jury on the elements of extortionate debt collection; and (3) the district court failed sua sponte to instruct the jury to disregard a specific sidebar exchange that Appellant claimed the jury overheard. The First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that all of Appellant's claims failed on the merits.