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US v. Gonzalez-Melendez, No. 08-1497

District court's sentence and conviction of defendant for aiding and abetting a carjacking is affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded where: 1) defendant's conviction is affirmed as, although the district court allegedly committed several errors with respect to jury selection, its handling of evidentiary objections, and its handling of a jury note, these alleged errors were all relatively benign; but 2) because defendant was not afforded his right of allocution, his sentence is vacated and remanded.  

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Appellate Information

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

Decided January 13, 2010


Before:  Lipez, Hansen and Howard, Circuit Judges

Opinion by  Howard, Circuit Judge


For Appellant:  Rafael F. Castro Lang

For Appellee:     German A. Rieckehoff, Assistant United States Attorney, Rosa E. Rodriguez Velez, United States Attorney and Nelson Pérez-Sosa, Assistant United States Attorney, Chief, Appellate Division