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Current Opinions are for Friday, December 14, 2018 

DISCLAIMER:  The following unofficial case summaries are prepared by the clerk's office
                           as a courtesy to the reader.  They are not part of the opinion of the court.

172942U.pdf     12/14/2018  United States  v.  Venito Johnson
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  17-2942
   U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri - Cape Girardeau   
   [UNPUBLISHED] [Per Curiam - Before Colloton, Gruender and Grasz, Circuit 
   Judges] 
   Criminal case -Sentencing. The district court did not abuse its discretion 
   in varying upwards based on defendant's extensive criminal history, which 
   contained many unscored convictions and involved serious crimes committed 
   while on parole or supervision; further, the offense conduct here was 
   dangerous and aggravated. 
  
173187U.pdf     12/14/2018  United States  v.  Derek Hines
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  17-3187
   U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa - Cedar Rapids   
   [UNPUBLISHED] [Per Curiam - Before Loken, Benton and Shepherd, Circuit 
   Judges] 
   Criminal case - Sentencing. The district court did not err, on this 
   record, in imposing as a special condition of release that defendant 
   participate in an evaluation for anger management and/or domestic 
   violence. 
  
173496P.pdf     12/14/2018  United States  v.  Randall Davenport
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  17-3496
   U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa - Des Moines   
   [PUBLISHED] [Benton, Author, with Loken and Shepherd, Circuit Judges] 
   Criminal case - Criminal law and sentencing. Evidence was sufficient to 
   support defendant's convictions for sexual exploitation of a child and 
   production and possession of child pornography; no error in imposing 
   sentencing enhancements for age of the victim, obstruction of justice and 
   physical restraint of the victim; defendant's sentence was not 
   substantively unreasonable. 
  
173512U.pdf     12/14/2018  United States  v.  Marvis Ballard
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  17-3512
   U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock   
   [UNPUBLISHED] [Per Curiam - Before Smith, Chief Judge, and Melloy and 
   Stras, Circuit Judges] 
   Criminal case - Sentencing. The district court erred in characterizing 
   defendant's criminal history and then basing an above-guidelines sentence 
   on the inflated assessment of the history; the matter is remanded for 
   resentencing. 
  
173541U.pdf     12/14/2018  United States  v.  Magali Marroquin
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  17-3541
   U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa - Cedar Rapids   
   [UNPUBLISHED] [Per Curiam - Before Colloton, Gruender and Shepherd, 
   Circuit Judges] 
   Criminal case - Sentencing. Anders case. Sentence was not unreasonable. 
  
173804U.pdf     12/14/2018  Naren Chaganti  v.  CIR
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  17-3804
   The United States Tax Court   
   [UNPUBLISHED] [Per Curiam - Before Loken, Benton and Shepherd, Circuit 
   Judges] 
   Civil case - Federal Tax Court. Tax Court decision upholding the 
   Commisioner's determination finding taxpayer liable for certain 
   deficiencies and penalties affirmed without comment.