US v. Merlino, No. 02-1712 - Criminal Law - U.S. First Circuit
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US v. Merlino, No. 02-1712

In a prosecution of a defendant for violating the Hobbs Act and for carrying firearms in relation to a crime of violence after the FBI foiled a planned robbery of the Loomis Fargo armored car facility, district court's judgment is affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded where: 1) district court's determination that defendant made the decision not to testify was not clearly erroneous; 2) given the significant downward adjustments, coupled with its refusal to depart further despite its authority to do so, defendant failed to demonstrate a reasonable probability that the district court would give him a lesser sentence; 3) district court's grant of a judgment of acquittal for carrying an explosive grenade is reversed as co-defendants' testimony was sufficient to establish that it was reasonably foreseeable to defendant that one of his co-conspirators would be carrying a hand grenade; and 4) district court abused its discretion in granting defendant's motion for a new trial on the explosive grenade conviction.       

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Appellate Information

Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Decided January 15, 2010

Judges

Before:  Lipez, Hansen, and Howard,  Circuit Judges

Opinion:  Hansen, Circuit Judge

Counsel

For Appellant:   Judith H. Mizner

For Appellee:     John-Alex Romano, Michael J. Sullivan, United States Attorney