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US v. Taylor, 09-1086

Sufficiency of evidence conviction for carjacking, firearm use and robbery of United States property

US v. Taylor, 09-1086, concerned a challenge to a conviction of defendant for multiple counts of carjacking, brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, and robbery of United States property.

In affirming, the court held that, contrary to defendant's claim that the district court violated Fed. R. Crim. P. 11(b)(3) by failing to ensure that a sufficient factual basis for the offenses existed, the district court did not violate Rule 11(b)(3) and therefore did not commit error, plain or otherwise, as defendant's admission to all of the conduct charged in the indictment was sufficient to establish a factual basis for his guilty pleas, and there is sufficient evidence to find that defendant intended to kill or seriously harm his victims at the time of the offenses.

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