Nos. 88-3271, 88-3315, 88-3339, 88-3371, 88-3398, 88-3418 and 89-1037.

924 F.2d 1385 (1991)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Mason TOWNSEND, Luis E. Diaz, Orlando Nunez, Dorothy Taylor, Carlos Mejia, Joseph Angel Claudio, and Isabel Marquez, Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided February 14, 1991.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Thomas M. Durkin, Asst. U.S. Atty. and Lisa K. Osofsky, Office of the U.S. Atty., Chicago, Ill., for plaintiff-appellee.

William H. Theis, Nathan Diamond-Falk, Michael E. Deutsch, Peoples Law Office, Daniel L. Franks, George C. Howard, Gary Senner, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, Richard R. Mottweiler, Mark W. Solock, Elliott T. Price and Jerry B. Kurz, Hall & Kurz, all of Chicago, Ill., for defendants-appellants.

Before CUDAHY, POSNER and FLAUM, Circuit Judges.

FLAUM, Circuit Judge.

More than 40 years ago, Justice Jackson observed that the development of the law of conspiracy — "that elastic, sprawling and pervasive offense" — illustrates perfectly the truth of Justice Cardozo's maxim about "the tendency of a principle to expand itself to the limit of its logic." See Krulewitch v. United States, 336 U.S. 440, 445, 69 S.Ct. 716...

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