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Federal Justice Statistics, 2005 - Statistical Tables


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Table 6.3. Criminal appeals cases terminated on the merits, by offense, October 1, 2004 - September 30, 2005

Most serious offense Total Percent of criminal appeals cases terminated on the merits

Affirmed Remanded or reversed Partially affirmed Dismissed Other

  All offensesa 9,311   60.7 % 20.7 % 9.6 % 7.9 % 1.1 %
Violent offenses 506   60.7 % 21.9 % 10.3 % 6.7 % 0.4 %
  Murderb 60   63.3   13.3   8.3   15.0   0.0  
  Assault 66   62.1   28.8   6.1   3.0   0.0  
  Robbery 227   56.8   23.8   12.8   6.6   0.0  
  Sexual abuseb 111   68.5   23.4   1.8   5.4   0.9  
  Kidnapping 39   53.8   7.7   30.8   5.1   2.6  
  Threats against the President 3   ^   ^   ^   ^   ^  
Property offenses 1,288   57.1 % 20.5 % 12.6 % 8.6 % 1.2 %
  Fraudulent 1,062   55.3 % 21.3 % 13.1 % 9.2 % 1.1 %
    Embezzlement 41   53.7   24.4   17.1   4.9   0.0  
    Fraudb 924   55.5   21.8   12.7   8.9   1.2  
    Forgery 3   ^   ^   ^   ^   ^  
    Counterfeiting 94   52.1   16.0   16.0   14.9   1.1  
  Other 226   65.5 % 16.8 % 10.2 % 5.8 % 1.8 %
    Burglary 6   ^   ^   ^   ^   ^  
    Larcenyb 107   59.8   21.5   10.3   6.5   1.9  
    Motor vehicle theft 49   67.3   10.2   18.4   4.1   00.  
    Arson and explosives 25   68.0   20.0   4.0   8.0   0.0  
    Transportation of stolen property 35   74.3   14.3   5.7   2.9   2.9  
    Other property offensesb 4   ^   ^   ^   ^   ^  
Drug offenses 3,488   58.5 % 19.2 % 10.3 % 10.6 % 1.4 %
Public-order offenses 688   56.4 % 23.4 % 11.6 % 6.4 % 2.2 %
  Regulatory 82   59.8 % 18.3 % 13.4 % 6.1 % 2.4 %
    Food and drug 3   ^   ^   ^   ^   ^  
    Transportation 9   ^   ^   ^   ^   ^  
    Civil rights 17   70.6   0.0   17.6   5.9   5.9  
    Communications 3   ^   ^   ^   ^   ^  
    Custom laws 3   ^   ^   ^   ^   ^  
    Postal laws 2   ^   ^   ^   ^   ^  
    Other regulatory offenses 45   51.1   26.7   13.3   6.7   2.2  
  Other 606   55.9 % 24.1 % 11.4 % 6.4 % 2.1 %
    Tax law violationsb 81   61.7   16.0   11.1   9.9   1.2  
    Bribery 12   41.7   25.0   25.0   8.3   0.0  
    Perjury, contempt, and intimidation 49   57.1   14.3   22.4   0.0   6.1  
    National defense 12   50.0   33.3   8.3   8.3   0.0  
    Escape 34   61.8   26.5   5.9   2.9   2.9  
    Racketeering and extortion 173   51.4   27.7   12.1   6.4   2.3  
    Gambling 7   ^   ^   ^   ^   ^  
    Nonviolent sex offenses 168   54.2   26.8   9.5   7.7   1.8  
    Obscene materialb 5   ^   ^   ^   ^   ^  
    Traffic offenses 6   ^   ^   ^   ^   ^  
    Wildlife 8   ^   ^   ^   ^   ^  
    Environmental 7   ^   ^   ^   ^   ^  
    All other offensesb 44   54.5   31.8   4.5   6.8   2.3  
Weapon offenses 1,619   62.4 % 20.9 % 10.7 % 5.4 % 0.6 %
Immigration offenses 1,458   67.1 % 23.7 % 3.5 % 4.9 % 0.7 %

^ Too few cases to obtain statistically reliable data.
aTotal includes 264 appeals terminated on the merits for which an offense
category could not be determined.
bIn this table "Murder" includes nonnegligent manslaughter; "Sexual abuse"
includes only violent sex offenses; "Fraud" excludes tax fraud; "Larceny" excludes
transportation of stolen property; "Other property offenses" excludes fraudulent property
offenses and includes destruction of property and trespassing; "Tax law violations" includes
tax fraud; and "All other offenses" includes offenses with unclassifiable offense type.

Source: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Court of Appeals.
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