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US v. Mitten, No. 09-1758

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By FindLaw Staff on January 20, 2010 2:50 PM

District court's sentence and conviction of a defendant for possessing five grams or more of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime is affirmed where: 1) the affidavit was not so lacking in probable cause that the officer could not have believed the warrant was valid; 2) jury had sufficient evidence to conclude that the gun was possessed in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime; and 3) defendant's argument that the minimum ten-year sentence to which he was subject on the underlying drug trafficking crime rendered him exempt from section 924(c)'s consecutive sentence scheme is foreclosed by prior holding in Easter.   

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Appellate Information

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Decided January 20, 2010

Judges

Before: Kanne,  and Tinder, Circuit Judges, and Griesbach, District Judge

Opinion by District Judge Griesbach

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