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US v. Ressam, No. 09-30000

In the government's appeal of defendant's sentence in connection with his plot to carry out an attack against the U.S. by detonating explosives at the Los Angeles International Airport on December 31, 1999, the sentence is vacated where the district court committed procedural error in failing to address specific, nonfrivolous arguments raised by the government in imposing a sentence that was well below the advisory Sentencing Guidelines range.

Read US v. Ressam, No. 09-30000

Appellate Information

Argued and Submitted December 7, 2009

Filed February 2, 2010


Opinion by Judge Alarcon

Dissent by Judge Fernandez


For Appellant:

Mark N. Bartlett and Helen J. Brunner, Assistant United States Attorneys, Seattle, WA

For Appellee:

Thomas W. Hillier, II and Lissa W. Shook, Federal Public Defender, Seattle, WA