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United States v. Johnson
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
529 F.3d 493 (2008)
Ernest Walker (defendant) was charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs. At trial, the prosecution (plaintiff) called Agent Doud to testify generally about background information on law enforcement’s investigation of Walker. Doud stated that upon the arrest of Samuel Bolden, Bolden told law enforcement that he had received the drugs from Walker. Walker objected on the ground that the statement was hearsay, and the court upheld the objection. The prosecution argued that the testimony was merely background on the investigation to show law enforcement’s state of mind in order to help explain their investigatory actions. Walker was convicted, and he appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Leval, J.)
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