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Headley v. Tilghman

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
53 F.3d 472 (1995)


The State of Connecticut (plaintiff) prosecuted Andrew Headley (defendant) for possession with intent to distribute narcotics. At trial, the judge admitted evidence that an unidentified caller asked Headley, "Are you up? Can I come by? Are you ready?" An expert testified that such seemingly innocuous questions are often used in the illegal narcotics trade as code, indicating the caller's desire to purchase narcotics from the call's recipient. A jury convicted Headley. During post-conviction review of Headley’s conviction, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit considered the question of whether the trial court properly admitted the caller’s statements.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (McLaughlin, J.)

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