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Williamson v. United States
Citation:512 U.S. 594 (1994)
A deputy sheriff stopped the rental car driven by Reginald Harris for weaving on the highway. Harris consented to a search of the car, which revealed 19 kilograms of cocaine in two suitcases in the trunk. Shortly after Harris’ arrest, Special Agent Donald Walton of the Drug Enforcement Administration interviewed him by telephone. During that conversation, Harris said that he got the cocaine from an unidentified Cuban; that the cocaine belonged to petitioner Williamson. Williamson was also connected to Harris by physical evidence. When called to testify at Williamson’s trial, Harris refused. The judge then admitted Harris’s statements incriminating Williamson. Williamson was convicted of cocaine-related offenses.
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