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Criminal Law: Possession with Intent to Distribute-Calculation of Guidelines Range-Prior Convictions

  Defendant pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Defendant’s presentence investigation report included a prior Illinois conviction for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. After the Illinois Supreme Court declared the statute of conviction unconstitutional in ...

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Criminal Law: Interstate Travel Failure to Register as Sex Offender “Knowingly” Element

Defendant appealed from his conviction under 18 U.S.C. §2250(a) for failing to register as a sex offender in Iowa after transferring his probation from Wisconsin. On appeal, defendant challenged the district court’s supplemental jury instructions, in response to the jury’s ...

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Criminal Law: Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine-Challenge to Sentence-Assignment of Criminal History Points

  Defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and substances containing methamphetamine. On appeal, defendant challenged her sentence, arguing that the district court erroneously assigned criminal history points to her prior Iowa conviction for violation of probation. Where criminal ...

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