Wheat v. United States
United States Supreme Court
486 U.S. 153 (1988)
Wheat (defendant) and a number of coconspirators were charged with the operation of a drug conspiracy. Eugene Iredale represented two of the coconspirators, Bravo and Gomez-Barajas. Iredale did not represent Wheat, but two days before Wheat’s trial, Wheat moved that he be represented by Iredale. The prosecution objected to Iredale’s representation. Gomez-Barajas had reached a plea agreement, although the agreement had not yet been approved by the court. The district court denied Wheat’s request based on a conflict of interest. Wheat was convicted. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, C.J.)
Dissent (Marshall, J.)
Dissent (Stevens, J.)
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