Criminal Procedure keyed to Israel
Wheat v. United States
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Petitioner, along with other co-defendants, was charged with participation in a drug conspiracy. Two other defendants, Gomez-Barajas and Bravo were represented by attorney Eugene Iredale, and petitioner also wished to be represented by this attorney. Because of the conflict of interest, the District Court denied petitioner’s request and petitioner was eventually tried and found guilty of some of the charges. The Court reasoned that the conflicts would be too damning to petitioner, although he maintained he wanted to waive his right to conflict-free counsel. Petitioner appealed and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed.
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