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Assistant Federal Public Defender – Miami

FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER MIAMI OFFICE The Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Florida is accepting applications for the positions of Assistant Federal Public Defender in our Miami office.  The Federal Public Defender, a branch of the United States Courts, an Equal Opportunity Employer, operates under [...]

2024-06-04T14:46:41+00:00junio 3rd, 2024|

United States v. Wright, No. 22-12338 (Mar. 19, 2024)

In United States v. Wright, No. 22-12338 (Mar. 19, 2024) (Branch, Grant, Carnes), the Court affirmed Mr. Wright’s conviction, pursuant to a plea agreement, for producing child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2251(a) and (e). Mr. Wright argued that § 2251(a) required proof that the minor in question had volitionally participated in the sexually [...]

2024-05-01T13:17:31+00:00mayo 1st, 2024|

United States v. Gbenedio, No. 22-12044 (Mar. 6, 2024)

In United States v. Gbenedio, No. 22-12044 (Mar. 6, 2024) (CJ Pryor, Rosenbaum, Abudu), the Court affirmed Mr. Gbenedio’s convictions and sentence for unlawful drug dispensing. The charges were based on allegations that Mr. Gbenedio, a licensed pharmacists, had operated his business as a “pill mill.” The Court addressed six issues: First, the district court [...]

2024-05-01T13:16:38+00:00mayo 1st, 2024|

United States v. Boone, No. 22-11153 (Apr. 9, 2024)

In United States v. Boone, No. 22-11153 (Apr. 9, 2024) (Jordan, Lagoa, Hull), the Court affirmed Mr. Boone's 840-month sentence. Mr. Boone pleaded guilty to using a minor to produce child pornography, and distributing and possessing child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2251 and 2252A.  The PSR recommended applying a five-level increase pursuant to U.S.S.G. § 4B1.5(b) [...]

2024-04-10T21:28:02+00:00abril 10th, 2024|

United States v. Handlon, No. 22-13699 (Apr. 3, 2024)

In United States v. Handlon, No. 22-13699 (Apr. 3, 2024) (Rosenbaum, Grant, Ed Carnes) (per curiam), the Court affirmed the denial of a motion for compassionate release. Mr. Handlon moved for compassionate release, contending that his eighty-five-year-old father had severe medical issues and needed help.  He requested that he be released to spend what time he had [...]

2024-04-09T14:38:31+00:00abril 9th, 2024|

United States v. Al Jaberi, No. 22-12852 (Apr. 5, 2024)

In United States v. Al Jaberi, No. 22-12852 (Apr. 5, 2024) (Lagoa, Brasher, Tjoflat), the Court affirmed Mr. Al Jaberi's convictions and sentences. Mr. Al Jaberi was found guilty of smuggling in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 554(a) by willfully and knowingly attempting to export nine firearms from the United States, contrary to 18 U.S.C. § 922(e) and [...]

2024-04-09T14:36:58+00:00abril 9th, 2024|

United States v. Vargas, No. 22-10604 (Apr. 3, 2024)

In United States v. Vargas, No. 22-10604 (Apr. 3, 2024) (Jordan, Lagoa, Marcus), the Court affirmed the district court's denial of Mr. Vargas's motion to dismiss his indictment as a result of a 35-month delay between indictment and arrest. Mr. Vargas was charged--in September 2018--with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of [...]

2024-04-08T19:26:39+00:00abril 8th, 2024|

United States v. Alhindi, No. 23-11349 (Apr. 1, 2024)

In United States v. Alhindi, No. 23-11349 (Apr. 1, 2024) (Rosenbaum, Newsom, Luck) (per curiam), the Court affirmed the district court's rulings re: competency. This appeal raised two questions regarding how to apply 18 U.S.C. § 4241, which sets forth the procedures for determining a defendant's competency to stand trial and addressing any incompetency. First, the Court [...]

2024-04-08T15:51:42+00:00abril 8th, 2024|

United States v. Gray, No. 22-13516 (Feb. 29, 2024)

In United States v. Gray, No. 22-13516 (Feb. 29, 2024) (Wilson, Grant, Lagoa), the Court affirmed Mr. Gray’s conviction for conspiracy to commit a controlled-substance offense. The Court rejected Mr. Gray’s chief contention: that his conviction could not stand because the government failed to prove that he knowingly possessed—as the indictment alleged—either “a Schedule II controlled substance” [...]

2024-04-03T17:54:39+00:00abril 3rd, 2024|

United States v. Tripodis, No. 22-12826 (Feb. 29, 2024)

In United States v. Tripodis, No. 22-12826 (Feb. 29, 2024) (Wilson, Grant, Lagoa), the Court upheld the supervised-release portion of the sentence for Mr. Tripodis’s general-conspiracy conviction under a negotiated plea agreement. Mr. Tripodis argued that the plea agreement did not contemplate the imposition of supervised release, and that the government and the district therefore [...]

2024-04-03T16:13:48+00:00abril 3rd, 2024|
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