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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Massiah v. United States
Citation:377 U.S. 201 (1964)
The petitioner, a merchant seaman, was in 1958 a member of the crew of the S. S. Santa Maria. In April of that year federal customs officials in New York received information that he was going to transport a quantity of narcotics aboard that ship from South America to the United States. The officials learned of circumstances tending to connect the petitioner with the cocaine. He was arrested, and subsequently indicted for possession of narcotics abroad a U.S. vessel. On November 19, 1959, Colson and the petitioner held a lengthy conversation while sitting in Colson’s automobile, parked on a New York street. By pre-arrangement with Colson and totally unknown to the petitioner, the agent Murphy sat in a car parked out of sight down the street and listened over the radio to the entire conversation. The petitioner made several incriminating statements and at the petitioner’s trial these incriminating statements were brought before the jury through Murphy’s testimony.
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