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524. Rule 20 Transfers—Who is Covered

Rule 20 transfers are available to any defendant who is arrested, held, or present in a district other than a district in which there is an indictment, information or complaint against the person. Changes in the Rule have the effect of expanding its formerly narrow coverage, to include persons who are not arrested or otherwise in custody, e.g., persons who surrender themselves in a district other than in which the matter is pending. (Note of Advisory Committee on Rules.) Rule 20 is available in multiple defendant prosecutions. Snowden v. Smith, 413 F.2d 94 (7th Cir. 1969); Yeloushan v. United States, 339 F.2d 533 (5th Cir. 1964).