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161935P.pdf   08/07/2017  Lucky Iromuanya  v.  Scott Frakes
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  16-1935
   U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska - Lincoln   
[PUBLISHED] [Beam, Author, with Riley and Shepherd, Circuit Judges] Prisoner Case - Habeas Corpus. Following conviction for attempted second-degree murder and second-degree murder, and exhaustion of his state court remedies,Defendant filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus, arguing the trial court denied him due process by failing to properly instruct the jury on whether jury should have been able to consider sudden-quarrel provocation on the attempt charge and the jury could not consider sudden quarrel unless it found Ironmuanya not guilty to second-degree murder. The district court denied relief. On appeal, we conclude that Ironmuanya fairly presented his due process claims to the state courts. On the merits, after reviewing the history of Nebraska law on the subject, this court concludes the Nebraska Supreme Court's determination that due process was not offended by either the lack of jury instruction or the step jury instruction and the adjudication was not contrary to, nor involve an unreasonable application of, clearly established Supreme court precedent and further was not based on an unreasonable determination of the facts in light of the evidence presented in the state court proceedings. 162859P.pdf 08/07/2017 United States v. Norman Weaver U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 16-2859 U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri - Kansas City
[PUBLISHED] [Loken, Author, with Wollman and Riley, Circuit Judges] Criminal Case - sentencing. The district court did not err in imposing a Guidelines enhancement under section 2B1.1(b)(11)(C)(i) (involving the unauthorized transfer or use of any means of identification unlawfully to produce or obtain any other means of identification). The scheme to use the bank account, routing number, and payor's signature on stolen checks and create counterfeit checks payable to homeless persons who were recruited to pass the bogus checks at local banks, involved the transfer or use of any "means of identification" to "produce" another means of identification. The offense involved affirmative identity theft or breeding and the victims included individual signatories whose names were used to product counterfeit checks. The upward variance was not substantively unreasonable and the district court did not abuse its discretion in imposing sentence. 163090U.pdf 08/07/2017 United States v. Travonte Hughes U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 16-3090 U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa - Cedar Rapids
[UNPUBLISHED] [Per Curiam. Before Wollman, Gruender, and Shepherd, Circuit Judges] Criminal Case - sentence. Considering challenge to use of enhancement under Guidelines sec. 2K2.1(a)(2) when defendant committed two prior convictions for a crime of violence, district court's downward variance, and district court's explanation that it would sentence defendant to identical sentence if it erred in any way in computing the advisory guidelines, any error was harmless. The resulting 71-month sentence was substantively reasonable and the district court did not abuse its discretion in weighing the factors. 163587U.pdf 08/07/2017 United States v. Cristina Dawn Griego U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 16-3587 U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota - Sioux Falls
[UNPUBLISHED] [Per Curiam. Before Chief Judge Smith, Colloton, and Kelly, Circuit Judges] Criminal Case - sentence. Defendant appeals from the denial of a two-level reduction for acceptance of responsibility under Guidelines sec. 3E1.1. Because defendant waived the right to appeal the denial of the acceptance of responsibility reduction in her plea agreement, her waiver was knowing and voluntary, and no miscarriage of justice will result, the waiver is enforcedand the appeal is dismissed. 163636P.pdf 08/07/2017 Paris Limousine of OK, LLC v. Executive Coach Builders, Inc. U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 16-3636 U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri - Springfield
[PUBLISHED] [Kelly, Circuit Judge, with Murphy and Gruender, Circuit Judges] Civil Case - diversity. Dismissal of complaint alleging a breach of express warranty to enforce a statutory safety standard under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that does not provide a private right of action is reversed. Complaint alleged a violation of state law for breach of express warranty, and the FMVSS and Safety Act do not affect the potential liability under Missouri law for breach of its express warranty. Claim of conflict preemption failed and allegations of cognizable damages were sufficiently plead. 163650P.pdf 08/07/2017 Ronald Calzone v. Josh Hawley U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 16-3650 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri - St. Louis
[PUBLISHED] [Colloton, Author, with Benton, Circuit Judge and Gerrard, District Judge] Civil Case - civil rights. In challenge to Mo. Rev. Stat. sec. 304.230.1, .2 and .7, authorizing roving stops of commercial vehicles for inspection without probable cause, Calzone lacks standing to sue the governor or attorney general, but has standing to sue the superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol under 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983 for injunctive and declaratory relief. The facial challenge fails because the statute may be applied constitutionally to participants in the commercial trucking industry under New York v. Burger, 482 U.S. 691 (1987). The district court's dismissal of the as-applied challenge against the superintendent for money damages is affirmed, because the superintendent in her official capacity is not a person under section 1983. The district court erred in dismissing the as-applied claims against the superintendent for declaratory and injunctive relief and the case is remanded for further proceedings to address whether Calzone is a covered farm vehicle under federal law, whether Missouri's law incorporates the federal regulations, and whether exemptions under federal and state law apply. 163795U.pdf 08/07/2017 United States v. Alexander McArdle U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 16-3795 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa - Des Moines
[UNPUBLISHED] [Per Curiam. Before Wollman, Gruender, and Shepherd, Circuit Judges] Criminal Case - suppression. Defendant moved to suppress evidence stemming from the execution of a search warrant when the videos identified on the search warrant affidavit were not found on defendant's computer or computer media, arguing the warrant application contained intentional or reckless false statements and violated his Fourth Amendment rights, and that a hearing was required. Defendant did not make the requisite preliminary showing that the warrant affidavit contained intentionally or recklessly included false statements because absence of affidavit videos did not establish that they were never present; the forensic expert stated he found evidence that the fifth affidavit video may have once existed on the computer media and he found evidence of the first video's filename. Thus, district court did not err in denying motion to suppress. 163919U.pdf 08/07/2017 Juana Gutierrez-Garcia v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 16-3919 Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals
[UNPUBLISHED] [Per Curiam. Before Wollman, Loken, and Benton, Circuit Judges] Petition for Review - immigration. Decision denying asylum, withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture is supported by substantial evidence, as the immigration judge gave adequate explanation for the adverse credibility determination and a reasonable adjudicator would not be compelled to reach a contrary conclusion. 164369U.pdf 08/07/2017 United States v. Richard Beason U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 16-4369 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock
[UNPUBLISHED] [Per Curiam. Before Wollman, Loken, and Benton, Circuit Judges] Criminal Case - Anders. Appeal waiver is enforceable because the record supports that the plea agreement and appeal waiver were knowing and voluntary and no miscarriage of justice will result.