US v. West, 10-1292
Denial of motion to suppress in-custody lineup identification vacated for failure to address Wade factors
US v. West, 10-1292, concerned a challenge to the district court's grant of a motion to suppress an in-custody lineup
identification on the grounds that the lineup violated defendant's Sixth
Amendment right to counsel, but ultimately allowing the lineup
witnesses to make in-court identifications, in a prosecution of defendant for armed bank robbery and for using a firearm during a crime of violence.
In vacating the judgment, the court remanded the matter in concluding
that there simply were no findings of fact by the district court as to
the admissibility of the in-court identification as the district court
never made a finding that the government had shown by clear and
convincing evidence that a potential in-court identification would be
based on observations of the suspect other than from the in-custody
line-up, and at no time were the Wade factors addressed explicitly.
However, there is no error in defendant's sentence as there was no
improper consideration of defendant's socioeconomic status and the
district court sentenced him well below the guidelines range.
- Read the Seventh Circuit's Full Decision in US v. West, 10-1292