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Trammel v. United States
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The Petitioner was indicted with two others for importing heroin and for conspiracy to import heroin. The Petitioner’s wife, Ms. Trammel, was an unindicted co-conspirator. Ms. Trammell was arrested during one of the heroin transports into the United States. She agreed to cooperate with the Government. The Petitioner moved to sever his case from the two other co-defendants. He advised the trial court that he intended to claim a privilege to prevent his wife from testifying. The trial court ruled that Ms. Trammel could testify to any act she saw during her marriage and on any communications made in the presence of a third person. However, communications between her and the Petitioner were privileged and not admissible. The Petitioner was found guilty on all charges. The Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction.
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