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US v. Anonymous Defendant, 10-1033

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By FindLaw Staff on December 22, 2010 3:18 PM

Conviction for drug and gambling related offenses

US v. Anonymous Defendant, 10-1033, concerned a challenge to the district court's imposition of a 120-month imprisonment, following defendant's guilty plea for distributing and conspiring to distribute ecstasy and illicit gambling activities.


In affirming, the court held that the authority to conduct review of whether the imposed sentence is reasonable, which in effect, resolves any question as to whether the extent of the departure is reasonable, is sufficient to confer appellate jurisdiction.  The court also held that the district court did not commit procedural error of any kind as the downward departure from the guideline sentencing range was within the discretion of the district court.  Lastly, the court held that defendant's sentence was sufficiently explained and fell within the universe of reasonable outcomes.

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