United States v. Grushko, No. 20-10438 (Sept. 23, 2022)

In United States v. Grushko, No. 20-10438 (Sept. 23, 2022) (Jordan, Jill Pryor, Marcus), the Court affirmed the defendants’ convictions and sentences for conspiracy to commit access device fraud. First, the Court held that officers did not violate the Fourth Amendment by entering the defendants’ home after detaining them outside.  Under the totality of the [...]

2022-09-23T17:43:49+00:00septiembre 23rd, 2022|

United States v. Doak, No. 19-15106 (Sept. 7, 2022)

In United States v. Doak, No. 19-15106 (Sept. 7, 2022) (Grant, Luck, Hull), the Court largely affirmed the defendants’ convictions and sentences for offenses involving the transportation and sexual abuse of minors. As to the counts under 2423(a)—charging the transportation of minors with the intent that they engage in unlawful sexual activity—the defendants argued that [...]

2022-09-07T14:42:02+00:00septiembre 7th, 2022|

United States v. Ifediba, No. 20-13218 (Aug. 25, 2022)

In United States v. Ifediba, No. 20-13218 (Aug. 25, 2022) (Jill Pryor, Branch, Ed Carnes), the Court affirmed the defendants' convictions and sentences. Mr. Ifediba, a doctor, operated a clinic called CCMC, and employed his sister, Ms. Ozuligbo, as a nurse there.  Mr. Ifediba was alleged to have been running a "pill mill" to distribute controlled [...]

2022-08-29T15:43:41+00:00agosto 29th, 2022|

United States v. Utsick, No. 16-16505 (Aug. 22, 2022)

In United States v. Utsick, No. 16-16505 (Aug. 22, 2022) (Newsom, Marcus, Covington (M.D. Fla.)), the Court affirmed Mr. Utsick's sentence and order of restitution. Mr. Utsick was charged with nine counts of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1341 based upon an earlier civil action brought by the SEC regarding securities fraud.  Before authorities could [...]

2022-08-22T20:02:01+00:00agosto 22nd, 2022|

Alvarado-Linares v. United States, No. 19-14994 (Aug. 16, 2022)

In Alvarado-Linares v. United States, No. 19-14994 (Aug. 16, 2022) (Newsom, Branch, Brasher), the Court affirmed the district court's denial of Mr. Alvarado-Linares's Davis-based § 2255 motion. Mr. Alvarado-Linares was convicted of one count of conspiracy under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO"), in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d); four counts under the Violent Crimes in Aid [...]

2022-08-22T19:35:54+00:00agosto 22nd, 2022|

United States v. Pate, No. 20-10545 (Aug. 10, 2022)

In United States v. Pate, No. 20-10545 (Aug. 10, 2022) (Newsom, Branch, Lagoa), the Court affirmed Mr. Pate's convictions predicated on violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1521, which prohibits the filing of a false lien or encumbrance against the property of any officer or employee of the United States on account of the performance of official duties. Mr. [...]

2022-08-15T15:53:15+00:00agosto 15th, 2022|

United States v. Witt, No. 21-10557 (Aug. 9, 2022)

In United States v. Witt, No. 21-10557 (Aug. 9, 2022) (Newsom, Marcus, Middlebrooks (S.D. Fla.)), the Court affirmed Ms. Witt's convictions and sentence.  Ms. Witt was convicted for her part in a scheme to defraud the federal government out of relief funds intended for farmers affected by drought and fire (the Livestock Forage Disaster Program).  She [...]

2022-08-10T15:42:38+00:00agosto 10th, 2022|

King v. United States, No. 20-14100 (July 28, 2022)

In King v. United States, No. 20-14100 (July 28, 2022) (Grant, Luck, Anderson), the Court affirmed the denial of a 2255 motion based on Davis. In his plea agreement, the defendant agreed not to collaterally attack his conviction or sentence in a 2255 motion.  After Davis, the defendant brought a 2255 motion, arguing that his [...]

2022-07-28T20:22:51+00:00julio 28th, 2022|

United States v. Watkins, No. 19-12951 (July 15, 2022)

In United States v. Watkins, No. 19-12951 (July 15, 2022) (Newsom, Tjoflat, Ed Carnes), the Court affirmed the defendants’ fraud convictions. The defendants solicited millions of dollars in investments from wealthy and famous people, including Sir Charles Barkley, by misleading them about their ownership interest in the investment company, that the funds would be used [...]

2022-07-20T16:58:44+00:00julio 20th, 2022|

United States v. Lewis, No. 20-12997 (July 14, 2022)

In United States v. Lewis, No. 20-12997 (July 14, 2022) (Grant, Luck, Hull), the Court affirmed the defendant’s drug convictions. First, the Court upheld the denial of a motion to suppress.  The argued that collateral estoppel prevented the federal government from re-litigating the legality of the traffic stop, which was already decided in state court.  [...]

2022-07-20T16:57:28+00:00julio 20th, 2022|
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