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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides one Indiana case today
In U.S. v. Sanders (ND Ind., Vn Bokkelen), a 33-page opinion, Judge Kanne writes:
In January 2008, Lamar E. Sanders and an accomplice abducted Timicka Nobles’s daughter, R.E. The reason: to induce Nobles to rob her own mother. Nobles attempted to comply—she left a bag of cash for Sanders’s accomplice to pick up—but law enforcement authorities were already apprised of the plot. They quickly arrested Sanders’s accomplice, and Sanders turned himself in shortly thereafter. Fortunately, no one was injured, and police recovered the money. After a five-day trial, a jury found Sanders guilty of kidnapping and extortion. He now appeals his conviction and sentence. First, Sanders argues that the district court denied him due process by admitting Nobles’s three identifications of him. Second, Sanders claims that the district court ran afoul of the Confrontation Clause, or, alternatively, abused its discretion, by limiting his cross-examination of Nobles. Finally, Sanders contends that the district court applied the incorrect mandatory minimum sentence. Finding no error, we affirm both the conviction and sentence.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 28, 2013 02:13 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions