Conviction and sentence for drug and firearm offenses affirmed
US v. Williams, 09-1811, concerned a challenge to a conviction of defendant for various drug and firearm offenses in connection with a drug and gun conspiracy, and district court's imposition of a twenty-five years' imprisonment.
In affirming, the court held that defendant has not shown that district
court abused its discretion in denying his motion to continue trial and
rejected defendant's prejudice hypothesis on the merits. The court also
held that defendant's argument, that he should have been acquitted on
the drug charge is deemed waived as his skeletal argument, consisting of
a single three-sentence paragraph, is plainly insufficient. Lastly,
the court rejected defendant's various challenges to his sentence in
concluding that the district court did not err in its drug-quantity
calculations and the sentence imposed was reasonable.