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Williamson v. United States
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After Harris was pulled over for driving erratically, he consented to a search of his car. Police uncovered several kilos of cocaine. During his first interview with the police, Harris indicated that he had received the drugs from a Cuban in Fort Lauderdale, that they belonged to Williamson, and that he was to deliver them later that evening to a particular dumpster. However, when agents sought to arrange a controlled delivery of the cocaine, Harris changed his story, indicating instead that Williamson had been driving ahead of him in another rented car, had witnessed the search, and knew the drugs had been uncovered. Harris refused to testify at trial, despite a grant of immunity, and he was eventually held in contempt by the court for his refusal. The agent was allowed to relate the statements made by Harris, and after appeal, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction.
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