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Wheat v. United States
Citation:486 U.S. 153, 108 S.Ct. 1692, 100 L.Ed.2d 140 (1988)
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Wheat (Petitioner) was charged with participating in a drug conspiracy along with numerous codefendants. Two codefendants were represented by Iredale. Two days before his trial, Wheat moved for substitution of Iredale as his counsel. The government argued Iredale’s representation of the other two codefendants created a conflict of interest. Wheat argued that he had a right to have counsel of his own choosing, and he and both codefendants waived the conflict. The district court denied Wheat’s request to substitute Iredale as his attorney. Wheat was convicted of various drug offenses.
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