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What is the name of your state? Minnesota
While attending the trial of a family member charged with 1st Degree Conspiracy to Manufacture, there were some issues raised regarding the confidential informant that was involved in the arrest. The defense lawyer made a motion to dismiss the case (which was denied) based on something about how a conspiracy charge cannot happen if the CI is working for or hired by the task force? Is anyone familiar with this topic and can give me an explanation? Also, I am curious to know what would happen if after someone was tried and convicted of a crime where evidence and testimony from a CI was involved, the CI later wanted to "recant" his testimony. Or in other words, give new information that things did not happen exactly as presented at the trial. New information that could benefit the person that was convicted. Would a new trial have to be granted? Would the CI get charged with perjury? Anyone with knowledge in this area, share it with me. Thanks.

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