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United States v. Haire
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
806 F.3d 991 (2015)
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) obtained a warrant to wiretap the phone of George Lee (defendant). During the wiretapped conversations, Lee discussed selling drugs and arranged for Carmen Haire (defendant) to transport money obtained from selling drugs. Lee was charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs, and Haire was charged with conspiracy to launder the proceeds of drug trafficking. At the trial, the government (plaintiff) introduced the wiretap recordings. The government also offered testimony from Brett Johnson, a DEA agent. Johnson identified the speakers on the recordings and stated that the recordings had not been altered. The district-court judge found that the wiretap recordings were authenticated. Because the recordings satisfied the other requirements for admissibility, the district-court judge admitted the recordings. Subsequently, the jury convicted Lee and Haire. Lee and Haire appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Murphy, J.)
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