United States v. Bedoy, No. 15-10438 (5th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Defendant, a former detective in the Dallas Police Department, was convicted of four counts of obstruction of justice related to a grand jury investigation. The investigation focused on defendant, who was suspected of giving sensitive law enforcement information to a prostitute in exchange for sexual relations. The court affirmed the convictions on Counts One, Two, and Four. As to Count Three, attempting to obstruct an official proceeding, the court vacated the judgment of acquittal, concluding that a rational jury could infer beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant communicated his intent to the prostitute that she get rid of her cell phone. The evidence indicated that defendant had a motive for wanting to get rid of the phone, namely, to cover up his relationship with the prostitute. Further, he made other statements to her expressing his intent that she needed to cut all her connections and not just those relating to him. The court remanded for reinstatement of the jury verdict as to Count Three and for sentencing.