978 F.2d 1260 (6th Cir. 1992), 91-3689, U.S. v. Taylor

Docket Nº:91-3689.
Citation:978 F.2d 1260
Party Name:UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Eddie TAYLOR, Defendant-Appellant.
Case Date:October 23, 1992
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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978 F.2d 1260 (6th Cir. 1992)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee,


Eddie TAYLOR, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 91-3689.

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

October 23, 1992

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On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, No. 90-00211; Ann Aldrich, D.J.



Before DAVID A. NELSON and SILER, Circuit Judges, and MILES, Senior District Judge. [*]


This is an appeal from a conviction on federal drug charges. The defendant alleges that his constitutional and statutory rights to a speedy trial were violated and that certain evidence admitted at his trial should have been excluded as hearsay. Finding no reversible error, we shall affirm the conviction.


The defendant, Eddie Taylor, was arrested by local police officers in Mansfield, Ohio, on April 25, 1990. He was charged with firearms and narcotics violations in the Richland County Common Pleas Court. These charges were dismissed, on motion of the prosecutor, in July of 1990.

On July 25, 1990, defendant Taylor was arrested by Federal authorities and was charged by way of complaint with the same conduct for which he had been charged in the state court. On August 21, 1990, a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment against defendant Taylor for violations of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1), 18 U.S.C. § 2, and 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1). The district court attempted to arraign him on September 13, 1990, but because his attorney did not appear at that time and because the defendant stated that he did not wish to be arraigned without counsel, he was not arraigned until September 18. On September 27 the defendant filed a number of pretrial motions that were decided by the district court four weeks later, on October 23, 1990.

On the day after the rulings on the motions, defendant Taylor moved for a dismissal on the ground that he had been denied a speedy trial. This motion was denied on October 29, 1990, and the trial was commenced that same day.

At trial, the prosecutor put a woman named Paris Bonds on the stand. Ms. Bonds was a police informant who had purchased drugs from defendant...

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