Defendants' sex trafficking convictions and sentences are affirmed where: 1) defendants did not assert their legal innocence in moving to withdraw their guilty pleas; 2) the government would have been prejudiced by the withdrawal of defendants' pleas; 3) the district court ensured that the pleas were taken knowingly and voluntarily; and 4) the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying one defendant's request for new counsel.
Argued: October 10, 2008
Decided: October 8, 2009
Opinion by Judge Chin
Laurie S. Hershey, Manhasset, NY
Julia Pamela Heit, New York, NY
Monica Ryan and David C. James, Assistant United States Attorney, New York, NY