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Defendant Matthew Taylor was convicted for conspiracy to manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance; conspiracy to deliver or possess with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia; and delivery of a controlled substance. After the jury returned a guilty verdict, Taylor filed a motion to acquit and a motion for a new trial. The district court denied the motion to acquit, and for a new trial on the delivery charge, but granted the motion for a new trial on the conspiracy charges, holding that the jury should have been instructed that mistake of law is a defense to conspiracy. Upon review, the Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s decision to deny Taylor’s motion to acquit and to deny Taylor’s motion for a new trial on the delivery charge, and reversed the district court’s decision to grant Taylor a new trial on the conspiracy charges.