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142998P.pdf 11/23/2015 United States v. Carmen Haire U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 14-2998 and No: 14-3196 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri - St. Louis [PUBLISHED] [Murphy, Author, with Melloy and Smith, Circuit Judges] Criminal case - Criminal law. Wiretapped phone conversations were properly authenticated and the district court did not err in admitting them; no error in allowing a special agent to testify as to the meaning of certain drug-related terms used in the recordings; no error in admitting recordings where defendant Lee referred to his connections to cartels; statements made by co-conspirators were properly admitted against defendant Haire; no error in giving a willful blindness instruction against Haire; evidence was sufficient to support Haire's conviction for conspiracy to launder drug proceeds. 143213P.pdf 11/23/2015 United States v. Democrus Burston U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 14-3213 U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa - Cedar Rapids [PUBLISHED] [Melloy, Author, with Murphy and Smith, Circuit Judges] Criminal case - Criminal law. Considering the factors set forth in U.S. v. Dunn, 480 U.S. 294 (8th Cir. 1987), the search here (a drug dog sniff) was within the curtilage of defendant's apartment; as the officers had no license to invade defendant's curtilage,the drug dog sniff was an illegal search in violation of defendant's Fourth Amendment rights under Florida v. Jardines, 133S. Ct. 1409 (2013); the police officer's actions reliance on prior 8th Circuit was not objectively reasonable as the cases cited by the prosecution do not authorize a drug dog sniff six to ten inches from the suspect's window, present similar facts or provide a rationale to justify the search;the district court erred in denying defendant's motion to suppress, and the matter is remanded for further proceedings. 152174P.pdf 11/23/2015 United States v. Cesar Mujica-Aranda U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 15-2174 and No: 15-2240 and No: 15-2441 and No: 15-2518 U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri - Kansas City [PUBLISHED] [Per Curiam - Before Wollman, Loken and Bye, Circuit Judges] Criminal case - Criminal law. The appeals brought by defendants Mujica-Aranda, Medina-Aranda and Eziquel Cazares are within the scope of their appeal waivers, and the appeals are dismissed; the motion to dismiss defendant Prophet's appeal is taken with the case, and the appeal shall proceed.