No. 73-2069.

495 F.2d 545 (1974)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Frank AMATO, Samuel Salvatore Brunello, Donald Lambert, aka Louis Lamberti, Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

Rehearing and Rehearing Denied July 12, 1974.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Harvey I. Silverman, Hallandale, Fla. (Court-appointed), for Lambert.

Arthur W. Tifford, Miami, Fla. (Court-appointed), for Amato.

Neale J. Poller, Miami Beach, Fla. (Court-appointed), for Brunello.

Robert W. Rust, U. S. Atty., Miami, Fla., Marshall Tamor Golding, Atty., Dept. of Justice, Washington, D. C., for plaintiff-appellee.

Before BROWN, Chief Judge, and TUTTLE and SIMPSON, Circuit Judges.

Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc Denied July 12, 1974.

TUTTLE, Circuit Judge:

Defendants-appellants, Amato, Lambert, and Brunello, were convicted by a jury under the Hobbs Act, 18 U.S.C.A. § 19511 for conspiring to obstruct interstate commerce by extortion achieved by physical violence and threats of violence. On appeal appellants allege numerous errors by the district court. However, we find meritorious only the claim of insufficiency...


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