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Supreme Court Narrows Tax Obstruction Statute

Law360 (March 21, 2018, 10:26 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Second Circuit’s affirmation of a convicted tax dodger’s three-year prison sentence on Wednesday, ruling that federal prosecutors had taken an overly broad view of a statute criminalizing the obstruction of tax laws.

In a divided 7-2 opinion, the high court’s justices agreed with Carlo Marinello, who had been found guilty of not keeping financial records, paying employees in cash and using business money personally, that the government’s interpretation of the statute was too far-reaching and could ultimately lead to criminal...
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Case Information

Case Title

Carl J. Marinello, II, Petitioner v. United States

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Supreme Court

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Date Filed

March 22, 2017

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