July 08th, 2017
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Opinions
United States v. Fidse
Opinion Date: July 7, 2017
Judge: Stephen Andrew Higginson
Areas of Law: Criminal Law
The Fifth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence for conspiring to obstruct an agency proceeding and conspiring to make false statements to the executive branch in a terrorism investigation. The court held that the district court did not clearly err by applying a sentencing enhancement under USSG 3A1.4, because defendant's offense was a felony that involved, or was intended to promote, a federal crime of terrorism. In this case, the district court found that the Task Force was specifically investigating a possible conspiracy to violate 18 U.S.C. 2339A and 2339B.
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