Richard Allen Black, Appellant, v. United States of America, Appellee, 341 F.2d 583 (9th Cir. 1965)

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US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 341 F.2d 583 (9th Cir. 1965)

February 11, 1965

David A. Ehmann, Oakland, Cal., for appellant.

Manuel L. Real, U. S. Atty., John K. Van de Kamp, Asst. U. S. Atty., Chief, Crim. Sec., J. Brin Schulman, Asst. U. S. Atty., Asst. Chief, Crim. Sec., Robert J. Timlin, Asst. U. S. Atty., for appellee.

Before HAMLEY and MERRILL, Circuit Judges, and THOMPSON, District Judge.


Appellant contends that it was error to admit in evidence a transcribed and taped recording of a telephone conversation had between appellant and a special employee of the Government since there was no proof that the employee had consented to the taping and transcription. The call was placed by the employee and the taping and transcription were with his cooperation.

Appellant contends that nevertheless no legal consent was established since it appears that the special employee was himself under arrest for a narcotics violation and had co-operated following assurances that the fact of co-operation would be made known to the United States Attorney's Office. This is not sufficient to negative consent. United States ex rel. Dixon v. Pate, 330 F.2d 126 (7 Cir. 1964).

Judgment affirmed.