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Evidence Keyed to Sklansky
United States v. Parry
Citation:649 F.2d 292 (5th Cir. 1981)
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The defendant was charged and tried by the defendant for multiple drug-related offenses. The defendant did not deny that he had participated in the drug transactions with undercover agents, but claimed that he though he was working for the agents in assisting them in locating drug dealers. In support of the position that he had known the agents’ identities from the outset, the defendant called his mother as a witness. The defendant intended for his mother to testify that her son had stated that the person who had been telephoning her home was a narcotics agent and that he was working with the agent. However, the court held that the mother could not testify to any conversations that she had with her son or that her son had with her.
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