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United States v. Wright

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
901 F.2d 68 (7th Cir. 1990)


Stanley Wright (defendant) sold crack cocaine to undercover police officers. The officers identified Wright as the man who had sold them the cocaine. Subsequently, the police obtained a wiretap warrant and tapped Wright’s phone. In a call occurring approximately six months after the sale to the undercover officers, Wright told the person to whom he was talking that he was a drug dealer. Wright referenced other drug crimes on the call, but not the sale to the undercover officers. Wright was charged with distributing cocaine to the undercover officers. At trial, the prosecution sought to introduce, over Wright’s objection, the recording of the phone call. The trial judge admitted the recording, not as evidence of Wright’s character or propensity to commit drug-related crimes, but as evidence of Wright’s identity and intent. Wright was convicted. Wright appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Posner, J.)

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