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Bourjaily v. United States
Citation:483 U.S. 171 (1987)
In May 1984, Clarence Greathouse, an informant working for the FBI, arranged to sell a kilogram of cocaine to Angelo Lonardo. Lonardo agreed that he would find individuals to distribute the drug. When the sale became imminent, Lonardo stated in a tape-recorded telephone conversation that the had a “gentleman friend” who had some questions to ask about the cocaine. Greathouse spoke with Lonardo and the two agreed that the sale would take place in a designated hotel parking lot, and Lonardo would transfer the drug from Greathouse’s car to the “friend,” who would be waiting in the parking lot. Greathouse proceeded as planned and FBI agents arrested Lonardo and petitioner immediately after Lonrado placed a kilogram of cocaine into petitioner’s car. Petitioner was charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine. The Government introduced, over petitioner’s objection, Angelo Lonardo’s telephone statements regarding the participation of the “friend” in the transaction.
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