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Indictment and Information

The general rule is that an indictment need not precisely track the language of the applicable kidnapping statute.  An indictment is sufficient if it informs the defendant of every element of the offense charged.  An indictment on federal charges which fails to exactly track the language of the federal kidnapping statute, and which mistakenly asserts that the kidnapping took place after the victim was transported in foreign commerce is sufficient, where the indictment is not challenged at the district court level and where there is no showing of prejudice because of the wording of the indictment.

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