No. 74-1638.

514 F.2d 399 (1975)

UNITED STATES of America, Appellee, v. William D. MERRY, Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

Decided April 7, 1975.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Donald L. Schmidt, St. Louis, Mo., for appellant.

Barry A. Short, Asst. U. S. Atty., St. Louis, Mo., for appellee.

Before GIBSON, Chief Judge, CLARK, Associate Justice, Retired, and LAY, Circuit Judge.


The defendant, William D. Merry, was convicted by a jury for violation of the Hobbs Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1951. The charge against him resulted from an alleged attempt to extort money from the operator of a massage parlor, Jan's Health Studio, in Cool Valley, Missouri. At the time of the offense the defendant was a member of the Cool Valley, Missouri, police department. The evidence offered by the government tended to prove that Officer Merry threatened...

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