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US v. Motley, No. 08-3079

By FindLaw Staff on December 09, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Defendant's drug distribution sentence is affirmed where the government's refusal to file a motion authorizing the court to sentence defendant below the statutory mandatory minimum sentence did not deny defendant due process because: 1) the government was not required to file an 18 U.S.C. section 3553(e) motion any time it filed a U.S.S.G. section 5K1.1 motion; and 2) it was rational for the government to conclude that, although substantial assistance may have justified substantially reducing defendant's potential sentence, his repeated drug dealing was still sufficiently serious to require a sentence of at least 120 months' incarceration.

Read US v. Motley, No. 08-3079

Appellate Information

Submitted October 16, 2009

Decided December 8, 2009


Opinion by Judge Garland


For Appellant:

Steven R. Kiersh, Washington, DC

For Appellee:

Roy W. McLeese III, Chrisellen R. Kolb, and Katherine M. Kelly, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, Washington, DC

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