Defendants' drug and racketeering conspiracy sentences are affirmed where 1) despite the district court's occasional imprecision, it plainly accepted defendants' guilty pleas and left them "no reasonable basis" for thinking otherwise; 2) the district court did not impermissibly intrude on the plea-bargaining process; and 3) the district court was not required to hold an evidentiary hearing on the plea agreement.
Argued September 21, 2009
Decided December 1, 2009
Opinion by Judge Henderson
Kristen Grim Hughes, Edward C. Sussman and Mary E. Davis, Washington, DC
Amanda J. Winchester, Roy W. McLeese III, Elizabeth Trosman, and John Philip Dominguez, Assistant United States Attorneys