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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
United States v. Feola
Citation:420 U.S. 671 (1975)
Defendants arranged for a sale of heroin to buyers who were undercover agents. They planned to rip of the purchasers and sell them sugar instead of heroin. Worst case, they were going to grab the money and run. As the deal began, their plan failed as one of the agents became suspicious, drew his gun to counter an assault upon another agent. The defendant and his friends were then charged with assaulting and conspiring to assault a federal agent. At trial, the jury was told that they were not required to find that the defendants knew the individuals they assaulted were federal officers, and the defendants were found guilty on both charges. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the conspiracy convictions.
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