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Modern Federal Jury Instructions-Criminal
Copyright 2017, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group.

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Federal Program Theft and Bribery


John S. Siffert;Jed. S. Rakoff;Steven A. Reiss;Walter P. Loughlin;and Steven W. Allen

Chapter Summary


During a criminal trial in which the defendant is charged with stealing, bribing, or defrauding a federal program, it is important to give the jury concise instructions explaining the that elements the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

This chapter from Modern Federal Jury Instructions provides form jury instructions designed for use in cases where the defendant is charged with: (1) stealing from a federal program, or giving or accepting a bribe from a federal program in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 666(a); or (2) food stamp fraud in violation of 7 U.S.C. § 2024(b)(1).

This chapter provides a set of jury instructions explaining that in order for jurors to find the defendant guilty of stealing funds related to a federal program, the government must prove five elements beyond a reasonable doubt. Additionally, this chapter provides a set of jury instructions explaining that in order for jurors to find the defendant guilty of food stamp fraud, the government must prove three elements beyond a reasonable doubt.

Modern Federal Jury Instructions is a comprehensive 8 volume set of form jury instructions that practitioners can use to minimize errors and focus the jury's deliberations in a wide variety of criminal cases (Vols. 1-3) and civil actions (Vols. 4-5) in federal court. Three bonus volumes contain Pattern Jury Instructions for most Federal Circuit Courts and the Federal Judicial Center. Each form instruction is written in plain English and is followed by citations to relevant authority and explanatory analysis. Frequent cross-references to recommended jury instructions contained in the bonus volumes are a particularly helpful feature. Practitioners will find Modern Federal Jury Instructions to be useful not only at trial, but also when drafting pleadings to ensure that each element of a particular charge, claim, or defense is concisely stated.


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For a discussion of how to use the jury charges provided in Modern Federal Jury Instructions-Criminal, see Chapter 1. For general jury instructions designed for use in federal criminal cases, see Chapters 2-9A.


For information on the use of jury charges in federal trials, see Federal Litigation Guide, Chapter 39 (Matthew Bender).

See Weinstein's Evidence Manual (Matthew Bender) for expert guidance on the Federal Rules of Evidence in a convenient, easy-to-reference form.

See Moore's Federal Practice for comprehensive and authoritative analysis on federal civil, criminal, appellate, and admiralty practice and procedure.

See Moore's AnswerGuide: Federal Civil Motion Practice (Matthew Bender) for answers to basic questions about civil motions in federal civil cases, including topics such as Rule 12 motions to dismiss, summary judgment motions, and motions for costs and attorney's fees.
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