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Name: United States v. Haswood
Case #: 02-10516
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 12/01/2003
Subsequent History: None

The defendant’s statements to the FBI regarding sexual abuse allegations were not coerced despite the fact that the FBI agent had shown defendant news reports regarding a different defendant who had lied to the agent about unrelated child molestation charges and who was subsequently convicted of both the substantive offenses and making false statements to the investigator. The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court order suppressing the statements, holding that the act of showing the news articles to the defendant was not coercive, but merely informed the defendant of the penalties he faced.