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United States v. Recio

United States Supreme Court
537 U.S. 270 (2003)


The police seized a large amount of drugs from a truck. The truck drivers cooperated with the police and agreed to continue on to the truck’s destination and meet Francisco Jimenez Recio and Adrian Lopez-Meza (defendants) so they could pick up the drugs as planned. The truck drivers did so and transferred the drugs the defendants, who were subsequently pulled over and arrested. The defendants were charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute drugs. A jury convicted the defendants, the trial judge ordered a new trial, and the second jury convicted the defendants as well. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed, holding that a conspiracy terminates when the government intervenes, defeating the conspiracy’s objective. The prosecution appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Breyer, J.)

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