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United States v. Noriega
Citation:117 F.3d 1206 (11th Cir. 1997).
The defendant helped lead a coup in Panama. Later on, the defendant was seized by United States military officials and was brought to Miami to face pending drug-related charges. During the trial, a part of the prosecution’s argument was that the defendant had unexplained wealth. The defendant attempted to introduce evidence that he was paid by the United States for intelligence work to explain his wealth. The prosecution offered to stipulate that the defendant was paid for information but did not want the content of the information revealed in court. The defendant insisted that he should be allowed to disclose the tasks that he had performed for the United States. The district court held that the content of the defendant’s intelligence work was irrelevant and its risk of confusion substantially outweighed its probative value.
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