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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Dressler
Massiah v. United States
Citation:377 U.S. 201, 84 S.Ct. 1199, 12 L.Ed.2d 246.
The defendant was indicted for violating the federal narcotics laws. He retained a lawyer, pleaded not guilty, and was released on bail. A few days later, his co-defendant decided to cooperate with the government agents in their investigation of the narcotics activities in which the the defendant, his co-defendant, and others had allegedly been engaged. His co-defendant permitted an agent to install a radio transmitter under the front seat of his car so that the agent could overhear conversations carried on in the car.
While sitting in the co-defendant’s car, the defendant made several incriminating statements. The defendant was not aware of the radio transmitter or that his co-defendant was cooperating with the government agents. At trial, the defendant’s incriminating statements were introduced into evidence and the defendant was found guilty. The defendant appealed.
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