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Nardone v. United States

302 U.S. 379 (1937)

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Nardone v. United States

United States Supreme Court

302 U.S. 379 (1937)

Facts

Nardone and other defendants (defendants) were tried by the United States (plaintiff) for the smuggling of alcohol, possession and concealment of the smuggled alcohol, and conspiracy to smuggle and conceal the alcohol. Witnesses had tapped telephone wires and overheard interstate communications made by Nardone and the others. At trial in district court, over the objections of Nardone and the others, federal agents testified as to the substance of what the witnesses had heard. Nardone and the others were convicted. The court of appeals found that the witness evidence was a vital part of the prosecution’s proof and if it was erroneous, it would lead to reversible error. However, the court of appeals held that the witness evidence was properly admitted and affirmed the convictions. The Supreme Court granted cert.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Roberts, J.)

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