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Employment: Discrimination-Dismissal of Complaint-Failure to Prosecute

Plaintiff appealed the dismissal of his employment-discrimination action for failure to prosecute. Where the record supported finding a lack of prosecution by plaintiff, the district court did not abuse its discretion to sua sponte dismiss plaintiff’s complaint. Judgment is affirmed. ...

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Criminal Law: Sentencing-Supervised Release

Where a defendant claimed that the district court erred in revoking his supervised release, the district court did not abuse its discretion in revoking the supervised release based on Grade C violations, so the judgment is affirmed. Judgment is affirmed. ...

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Criminal Law: Sentencing-Substantive Reasonableness-Supervised Release

Where a defendant challenged his sentence for violating the conditions of supervised release, the sentence was substantively reasonable, and the district court sufficiently considered the relevant sentencing factors, so the judgment is affirmed. Judgment is affirmed. U.S. v. Whitford (MLW ...

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Criminal Law: Sentencing-Substantive Reasonableness-Mitigation Factors

Where a defendant challenged his sentence in a drug-conspiracy case, the district court properly addressed the mitigating factors, and the sentence was not an abuse of discretion or substantively unreasonable. Judgment is affirmed. U.S. v. Rodish (MLW No. 74517/Case No. ...

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Criminal Law: Sentencing-Plea Agreement

Where a defendant challenged the denial of a pretrial suppression motion and argued that his sentence was substantively unreasonable, a written plea agreement did not refer to the suppression motion, so he waived the right to appeal the denial of ...

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Criminal Law: Sentencing-Enhancements

Where a defendant challenged his sentence in a drug-conspiracy case, the district court did not err in applying a two-level enhancement for possession of a firearm or a two-level enhancement for obstruction of justice, so the judgment is affirmed. Judgment ...

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Criminal Law: Sentencing-Enhancements

Where a defendant challenged the application of three sentencing enhancements in a drug and money-laundering case, even if the district court erred, the error was harmless in light of the court’s statements that the sentence was formed independent of the ...

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Criminal Law: Sentencing-Drug Quantity

Where a defendant who pleaded guilty in a methamphetamine case argued that the district court erred in making its drug-quantity determination for sentencing purposes, claiming that the informant’s testimony was inconsistent, the court explained its reasons for believing the informant ...

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