U.S. v. Muratovic

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Criminal Court
Hobbs Act
Case Number: 
No. 11-3889
Decision Date: 
June 25, 2013
Federal District: 
N.D. Ill., E. Div.
Defendant stated sufficient facts in his guilty plea colloquy to support his conviction on attempted robbery in violation of Hobbs Act arising out of defendant’s plan with others to rob truck that defendant believed contained money destined for drug transaction. Hobbs Act prohibits individuals for obstructing or delaying interstate commerce by robbery, and record showed that defendant had concocted plan to steal money from individuals after truck left Illinois and took several steps to implement plan by purchasing items to facilitate robbery and recruiting others to assist him in said robbery. Fact that govt. offered no proof that truck actually contained money or was actually slated for drug run to California was irrelevant where defendant held belief that truck periodically traveled from Illinois to California carrying money to purchase drugs.