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US v. Johnson, No. 08-3140

By FindLaw Staff on July 10, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Conviction and sentence for drug crimes is affirmed where: 1) the evidence was sufficient to show defendant was an unlawful user of marijuana; 2) the evidence was sufficient for a jury to reasonably conclude that defendant was an unlawful user of marijuana in possession of a firearm; and 3) even if the district court procedurally erred in granting the government's motion for an upward departure in his advisory guidelines range, the error is harmless and the sentence would be affirmed based on the district court's alternative decision to impose an upward variance based on the U.S.S.G. sec. 3553(a) factors. 

Read US v. Johnson, No. 08-3140

Appellate Information
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas.
Submitted: April 15, 2009
Filed: July 10, 2009

Before WOLLMAN, MELLOY and GRUENDER, Circuit Judges.
Opinion by GRUENDER, Circuit Judge.

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