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Criminal Law: Possession with Intent to Distribute-Mandatory Minimum Sentence-Safety-Valve Relief

Defendant pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a compound or mixture containing methamphetamine. On appeal, defendant argued that the district court should have granted him safety-valve relief. Where the district court credited officers’ testimony that defendant changed material ...

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Criminal Law: Felon in Possession of Firearm-Motion to Suppress Evidence-Lack of Reasonable Suspicion

Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm. On appeal, defendant challenged the denial of his motion to suppress, arguing that the search that discovered his firearm was based on police’s mistaken belief ...

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Criminal Law: Use of Firearm in Furtherance of Crime-Crime of Violence-Constitutionality

CDefendant pleaded guilty to using a firearm in furtherance of a crime. The underlying crime of violence was aiding and abetting armed robbery of controlled substances. On appeal, defendant challenged whether the residual-clause definition of “crime of violence” was unconstitutionally ...

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