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Supreme Court to hear case of Baltimore officer convicted in towing scandal
Supreme Court to hear case of Baltimore officer convicted in towing scandal

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by one of the former Baltimore police officers convicted in a wide-ranging kickback scheme tied to a Rosedale auto body shop. Samuel Ocasio, who was found guilty by a federal jury in 2012, asked the high court to rule on the definition of a conspiracy charge — one of four counts that formed the basis of his conviction under the Hobbs Act. The law, frequently used in public corruption cases, allows for the federal prosecution of extortion and robbery that impedes the flow of commerce across state lines. Federal courts have issued conflicting rulings on the law. As part of the scheme, officers illegally channeled the owners of...

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