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Bourjaily v. United States
Citation:483 U.S. 171 (1987)
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An FBI informant arranged a drug deal with the defendant’s alleged coconspirator, Lonardo. Before the deal, Lonardo stated in in a tape-recorded telephone conversation that he had a “gentleman friend” who had some questions to ask about the cocaine. The informant and Lonardo engaged in further details about the drug deal. During the sting transaction, Lonardo and the defendant were arrested.
The defendant was charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine. During trial, the prosecution introduced Lonardo’s telephone statements regarding the drug deal. The district court held that the statements fell under Rule 801(d)(2)(E). The defendant was convicted. The defendant appealed.
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