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State v. Samuel Maduro
Vermont Supreme Court
174 Vt. 302, 816 A.2d 432 (2002)
The State of Vermont (plaintiff) prosecuted Samuel Maduro (defendant) for conspiring with K.M., a female minor, to sell cocaine, and for delivering cocaine to K.M. The relevant events took place in Maduro's apartment early in 1999. The trial judge admitted the testimony of another man, Keith Merrow, that several times in early 1999, he went to Maduro's apartment to pick up cocaine for sale to Merrow's customers, who were unknown to Maduro and who never accompanied Merrow to the apartment. Merrow testified that he once saw a girl in the apartment, but that she neither participated in nor observed any drug-related transaction between Maduro and Merrow. The judge instructed the jury that they could consider Merrow's testimony as bearing on both counts against Maduro. After the jury convicted Maduro, he appealed to the Vermont Supreme Court, contending that Merrow's testimony related to a separate, uncharged conspiracy and therefore was inadmissible evidence that Maduro either conspired with or delivered cocaine to K.M.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Morse, J.)
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