Big Brother Is Watching You

 

A federal grand jury is conducting an investigation into racketeering, loan-sharking, and drug trafficking in the Miami area. A primary target of the inquiry is Mickey "Squeeky" Rat;aaon. The grand jury is investigating a series of activities of Rat;aaon and his associates, including alleged murders, extortions, kidnapping, smuggling, gambling, and drug sales and distribution.

Rat;aaon and his three children, Huey, Duey, and Luey, were subpoenaed to appear and testify before the grand jury. Attorneys for the Rat;aaons moved to quash the subpoenas, claiming a family or parent-child privilege to refuse to testify. The Assistant United States Attorney submitted an affidavit to the trial judge who is hearing the motions to quash the subpoenas. It outlined the general nature of the grand jury's investigation and the prosecution's interest in the Rat;aaons. The affidavit further stated:

(1) Huey is 28 years old. He lives in a separate household with his own family. The prosecution believes that Huey is centrally involved in the illegal activities of Mickey Rat;aaon and "that he has knowledge relevant to the grand jury investigation of illegal activities planned and carried out by Mickey Rat;aaon by virtue of his (Huey's) observation of such activities and discussions with Mickey Rat;aaon concerning such activities."

(2) Duey is 22 years old. He attends college at the University of Florida where he lives in an on-campus residence hall. The prosecution does not allege that Duey is involved in any illegal activities himself. It believes that he has knowledge relevant to the investigation by virtue of private conversations with Mickey and other private conversations with Huey, which the prosecution would like to ask him about before the grand jury.

(3) Luey is 15 years old and lives at home with his parents. The prosecution does not allege that Luey is involved in any criminal activities himself. Rather, it believes that he has knowledge relevant to the investigation by virtue of his observations of the comings and goings of Rat;aaon and others at the Rat;aaon home, which the prosecution would like to ask him about before the grand jury.

(4) The prosecution would also like to ask Mickey Rat;aaon questions about Huey's activities and about conversations that Mickey had with Huey that are relevant to the grand jury's investigation of Huey's illegal activities.

Should any of the motions to quash be granted?



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